By Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick legislation Olmsted (1822-1903) used to be a journalist and panorama clothier who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most renowned fulfillment used to be critical Park in big apple, of which he turned the superintendent in 1857, yet he additionally labored at the layout of parks in lots of different burgeoning American towns, and used to be referred to as via 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 version used to be released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical comic strip by means of his son and an advent through 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 switch.
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Crops of one thousand and twelve hundred bushels of ruta Inns and Outs of Washington 9 baga to the acre have been frequent, and this year the "whole crop of the farm is reckoned to be over thirty thousand bushels; all to be fed out to the neat stock between this time and the next pasture season. The soil is generally a red, stiff loam, with an occasional stratum of coarse gravel, and, therefore, not the most favorable for turnip culture. The seed is always imported, Mr. 's experience, in this respect, agreeing with my own: —the ruta baga undoubtedly degenerates in our climate.
Olmsted's two later volumes in order to satisfy his curiosity. If these books are inaccessible, the second volume of yourneys and Explorations in the Cotton Kingdom, hasty compilation though this work is said to have been, will probably serve all purposesHere again one finds dozens of things on which one would like to comment. 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. De Bow with regard to the assumed universality of Southern hospitality—these and many other topics of interest await the reader who is wise enough to devote a few hours to the remaining volumes of Mr. Olmsted's invaluable series. NEW YORK, April 9, 1904. W. P. TRENT.
A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States, Volume 1: With Remarks on their Economy by Frederick Law Olmsted