By Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick legislation Olmsted (1822-1903) used to be a journalist and panorama fashion designer who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most renowned success used to be significant Park in manhattan, 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 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 version used to be released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical cartoon by way of his son and an advent by means of William P. Trent. It abounds in interesting and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and stories in a society which was once at the verge of overwhelming swap.
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1 He was disinclined to converse on the topic of slavery, and I, therefore, made no inquiries about the condition and habits of his negroes, or his management of them. They seemed to live in small and rude log-cabins, scattered in different parts of the farm. Those I saw at work appeared to me to move very slowly and awkwardly, as did also those engaged in the stable. These, also, were very stupid and dilatory in executing any orders given to them, so that Mr. C. would frequently take the duty off their hands into his own, rather than wait for them, or make them correct their blunders: they were much, in these respects, like what our farmers call ditmb Paddies—that is, Irishmen who do not readily understand the English language, and who are still weak and stiff from the effects of the emigrating voyage.
Indeed, this book leaves the impression that its author was almost if not quite as well informed as he was observant. Better still, it leaves the impression that he was a thoroughly just man, a true democrat in the best sense of that ambiguous word, a genuine American. His strictures on slavery and on the backward civilization resulting therefrom were due, not to anti-slavery partisanship, as Mr. 1 That he was moderate and scrupulously desirous to be fair in his statements is plain, if only from the infrequency of such manifestations of temper as escaped him in his references to Governor Wise of Virginia.
The Northern,-born Texas woman with less feeling for her negroes than a matron to the manner born would have had; the young woman who astonished Mr. Olmsted by pouring molasses on a breakfast plate already containing ham and eggs and apple-pie; the reason, amusing though dubious, for the substitution of Montgomery for Tuscaloosa as the capital of Alabama; the clergyman's description of hunting negroes like 'possums; the glimpses of Natchez and of newly rich Mississippians; the things which Mr. Olmsted found and did not find in most of the houses at which he paid for a lodging; his remarks on the burning of negroes, a crime not exclusively the sinister product of our own epoch; and, finally, his already mentioned reply to Mr.