By Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick legislations Olmsted (1822-1903) used to be a journalist and panorama dressmaker who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most renowned success was once principal Park in long island, of which he grew to become the superintendent in 1857, yet he additionally labored at the layout of parks in lots of different burgeoning American towns, and was once known as by means of Charles Eliot Norton 'the maximum artist that the US has but produced'. His A trip within the Seaboard Slave States was once initially released in 1856, and arose from trips within the south which Olmsted, a passionate abolitionist, had undertaken in 1853-4. This variation was once released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical comic strip through his son and an creation by means of William P. Trent. It abounds in interesting and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and reviews in a society which used to be at the verge of overwhelming switch.
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The "wild Irish" hardly differ more from the English gentry, than these rustics from the better class of planters and towns-people, with whom the traveller more commonly comes in contact. Their language, even, is almost incomprehensible, and seems exceedingly droll, to a Northern man. I have found it quite impossible to report it. I shall not soon forget the figure of a little old white woman, wearing a man's hat, smoking a pipe, driving a little black bull with reins; sitting, herself, bolt upright, upon the axle-tree of a little truck, on which she was returning from market.
Everything encourages cheerfulness, and invites to healthful life. Now to think how people are baking in their ovenhouses at home, or waddling out in the deep snow or mud, or across the frozen ruts, wrapped up to a Falstaflian rotundity in flannels and furs, one can but wonder that those who have means stay there, any more than these stay here in summer; and that my host would no more think of doing than the wild-goose. But I must tell how I got here, and what I saw by the way. A narrow belt of cleared land—" vacant lots "—only separated the town from the pine-forest—that great broad forest which extends uninterruptedly, and is South Carolina and Georgia 39 merely dotted with a few small corn and cotton-fields, from Delaware to Louisiana.
Don' 'spec dere 's noting much de matter wid him now, sar. " Mr. X. went to Tom's Sue's cabin, looked at the boy, and, concluding that he was well, though he lay abed, and pretended to cry with pain, ordered him to go out to work. Then, meeting the overseer, who was just riding away, on some business off the plantation, he remained some time in conversation with him, while I occupied myself in making a sketch of the nursery and the street of the settlement in my note-book. On the verandah and the steps of the nursery, there were twenty-seven children, most of them infants, that had been left there by their mothers, while they were working their tasks in the fields.
A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States, Volume 2: With Remarks on their Economy by Frederick Law Olmsted