By Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick legislations Olmsted (1822-1903) was once a journalist and panorama clothier who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most renowned success used to be valuable 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 referred to as by means of Charles Eliot Norton 'the maximum artist that the USA has but produced'. His A trip within the Seaboard Slave States used to be initially released in 1856, and arose from trips within the south which Olmsted, a passionate abolitionist, had undertaken in 1853-4. This version was once released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical cartoon via his son and an advent by way of William P. Trent. It abounds in interesting and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and reports in a society which used to be at the verge of overwhelming switch.

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C. With them were a number of servants, one of whom now took my horse with alacrity. I was taken at once to look at a very fine herd of cows, and afterwards led upon a tramp over the farm, and did not get back to the house till dinner time. The new stable is most admirably contrived for convenience, labor-saving, and economy of space. " I have seldom seen a better lot of milkers; they are kept in good condition, are brisk and healthy, docile and kind, soft and pliant of skin, and give milk up to the very eve of calving; milking being never interrupted for a day.

I have a certain " Uncle Bob " in mind at this moment whose pious language was as distorted as his character was absolutely upright; to the account of the queer antics of a surely unique legislator; to our traveller's amusing difficulties in reaching a gentleman's house near Petersburg; to the interesting pages descriptive of life in the Great Dismal Swamp, which must have appealed to readers of Mrs. Stowe's Dred, a book of the same year; to the suggestive comparison of the Southern with the Irish gentry; to the description of the negro divers in North Carolina and of the rice plantations of South Carolina; to the moderation with which the vexed question of cruelty to slaves is treated; to the sentences almost prophetic of the rise of Tilmanism; to the sensible remarks on the use of cheap wines; to the pictures of Creole life; and, finally, to the clear exposure of the gambling element in sugar-planting.

Is a large herditary owner of slaves, which, for ordinary field and stable-work, constitute his laboring force. He has employed several Irishmen for ditching, and for this work, and this alone, he thought he could use them to better advantage than negroes. He would not think of using Irishmen for common farm-labor, and made light of their coming in competition with slaves. Negroes at hoeing and any steady field-work, he assured me, would " d o two to their one;" but his main objection to employing Irishmen was derived from his experience of their unfaithfulness —they were dishonest, would not obey explicit directions about their work, and required more personal supervision than negroes.

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