By Frederick Law Olmsted

ISBN-10: 1108005586

ISBN-13: 9781108005586

Frederick legislation 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 important Park in big apple, 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 via Charles Eliot Norton 'the maximum artist that the US 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 variation used to be released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical cartoon through his son and an creation via William P. Trent. It abounds in attention-grabbing and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and reports in a society which was once at the verge of overwhelming switch.

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The weather was then almost uncomfortably warm to a Northern man. We were running during the forenoon, for a hundred miles or more, in a southerly direction, on nearly a straight course, through about the middle of the State of South Carolina. The greater part of this distance, the flat, sandy pine barrens continued, scarcely a foot of grading, for many miles at a time, having been required in the construction of the railroad. As the swamps, which were still frequent, were crossed on piles and tressel-work, the roads must have been built very cheaply—the land damages being nothing.

Nowhere in the world could a man, with a sound body and a quiet conscience live more pleasantly, at least, as a guest, it seems to me, than here where I am. I was awakened this morning by a servant making a fire for me to dress by. Opening the window, I found a clear, brisk air, but without frost —the mercury standing at 350 F. There was not a sign of winter, except that a few cypress trees, hung with seed, attached to pretty pendulous tassels, were leafless. A grove which surrounded the house was all in dark verdure; there were green oranges on trees nearer the window; the buds were swelling on a jessamine-vine, and a number of camelia-japonicas were in full bloom; one of them, at least seven feet high, and a large, compact shrub, must have had several hundred blossoms on it.

The mulattoes are generally preferred for indoor occupations. Slaves brought up to housework dread to be employed at field-labor; and those accustomed to the comparatively unconstrained life of the negro-settle- South Carolina and Georgia 49 ment detest the close control and careful movements required of the house-servants. It is a punishment for a lazy field-hand, to employ him in menial duties at the house, as it is to set a sneaking sailor to do the work of a cabin-servant; and it is equally a punishment to a neglectful house-servant, to banish him to the fieldgangs.

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