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A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States, Volume 2: With by Frederick Law Olmsted

By Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick legislations Olmsted (1822-1903) was once a journalist and panorama fashion designer who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most famed fulfillment used to be critical 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 known as by way 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 variation was once released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical caricature through his son and an creation by means 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 swap.

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Is New York beyond New Orleans ? " " Beyond New Orleans? " "In New Orleans, i s ' t ? " " O h ! " " Lord o' massy! why! " 1 ' Be ye—to New York ? '' " Yes; how much land have you got ? " "Just about the same. " " Some on't—what we call swamp-land—kinder low and wet like, you know—that's worth five dollars an acre; and mainly i t ' s worth a dollar and a half or two dollars — that 's takin' a common trac' of upland. What 's yours worth ? " " Good Lord! yer might as well buy niggers to onst. " " No, we do not.

Good Lord! yer might as well buy niggers to onst. " " No, we do not. " " Yes, I heerd 't was, some place. " " What do yer have to give 'em ? " " Hi, Lordy! and they work up right smart, do they ? " "And board 'em? " He owned no negroes himself, and did not hire any. " They raised maize, and sweet potatoes, and cow-peas. He reckoned, in general, they made about three barrels of maize to the acre; sometimes, as much as five. He described to me, as a novelty, a plough, with '' a sort of a 28 The Seaboard Slave States wing, like, on one side," that pushed off, and turned over a slice of the ground; from which it appeared that he had, until recently, never seen a mould-board; the common ploughs of this country being constructed on the same principles as those of the Chinese, and only rooting the ground, like a hog or a mole—not cleaving and turning.

The moment the ladies opened the door, the negroes became silent. From the Southern Cultivator, June, 1855. " Children are fond of the company of negroes, not only because the deference shown them makes them feel perfectly at ease, but the subjects of conversation are on a level with their capacity; while the simple tales, and the witch and ghost stories, so common among negroes, excite the young imagination and enlist the feelings. If, in this association, the child becomes familiar with indelicate, vulgar, and lascivious manners and conversation, an impression is made upon the mind and heart, which lasts for years—perhaps for life.

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