Frederick Law Olmsted Summary

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Biography of Frederick Law Olmsted Frederick Law Olmsted was born to John and Charlotte Law Olmsted on April 25, 1822 in Hartford, Connecticut. Frederick attended the Roxbury Latin School in Boston, Massachusetts, and was accepted into Yale College in 1837. He did not attend, however, as he became sick and decided not to go. At 18, Olmsted became a scientific farmer in New York. Not satisfied with the job, he left to travel Europe with his brother. After Europe, he traveled around the southern United States, and he developed a career in journalism. After his European travels, he published Walks and Talks of an American Farmer in England in 1852, as he was very impressed by Joseph Paxton’s Birkenhead Park (Nation Master). The same…show more content…
Dred Scott Decision – Dred Scott v. Sandford was the case of a Missouri slave, being moved to free states Illinois and Wisconsin, with his master at the time. After his master died, he sued his master’s wife for his freedom. He was initially favored in the ruling, until his master’s brother appealed, and the ruling was overturned. The case escalated to the Supreme Court where the Chief Justice, Roger Taney, declared that, “Scott could not bring a suit in the federal courts because he was not a citizen” (349). Slaves were considered property, and since the federal government could not rule that someone could not take their property with them, the Supreme Court declared the Missouri Compromise unconstitutional. This excited the Southerners, but outraged Republicans, and was another step in the escalation of the South’s desire to separate from the Union. (Brinkley, Allen. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People [New York, 2008], p.…show more content…
James Buchanan – James Buchanan of Pennsylvania, a Democrat, was elected president of the United States, in 1856. During his presidency, Buchanan supported the Dred Scott decision, and supported Kansas being admitted into the Union under the Lecompton constitution, which legalized slavery. As the last president before the Civil War years, Buchanan’s decisions fueled the growing tension between northern and southern Americans. (Brinkley, Allen. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People [New York, 2008], p. 348-350). 7. Mohammed the Prophet – Mohammed is generally thought of as the founder of Islam. He was born in 570 in Makkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia and died in 632. Mohammed is also the author of the Q’uran, the sacred book of Muslims, also called the Nation of Islam. He is thought to be the most important human figure in the Nation of Islam, sent by Allah. Mohammed developed followers quickly and Muslims now practice all over the world. (The Sabr Foundation. Prophet Mohammed. 25 November 2009.

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