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 was once primary 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 through Charles Eliot Norton 'the maximum artist that the United States 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 was once released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical cartoon by way 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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Most of the produce was in small, rickety carts, drawn by the smallest, ugliest, leanest lot of oxen and horses that I ever saw. There was but one pair of horses in over a hundred that were tolerably good—a remarkable proportion of them were maimed in some way. As for the oxen, I do not believe New Kngland and New York together could produce a single yoke so poor as the best of them. 14 The Seaboard Slave States The very trifling quantity of articles brought in and exposed for sale by most of the market-people was noticeable; a peck of potatoes, three bunches of carrots, two cabbages, six eggs and a chicken, would be about the average stock in trade of all the dealers.
INTRODUCTION important statistical journal and organ of pro-slavery propaganda, De Bow's Commercial Review, opened its number for August, 1857, with a somewhat cursory article upon the second of Mr. Olmsted's books descriptive of the social and economic features of the South. This article, which was from the pen of Mr. De Bow himself, referred to the prior work of Mr. " Mr. Olmsted took occasion later1 to reply to the aspersions of his critic in a tone of notable moderation. He regretted that the " most able and just-minded statistician in the country '' should have condescended to adopt the current partisan practice of attributing unworthy motives to all persons not of his way of thinking with regard to slavery.
C. contemplates extending his water-pipes to some of his meadow lands. Wheat and hay are the chief crops sold off the farm, and the amount of them produced is yearly increasing. The two most interesting points of husbandry, to me, were the large and profitable use of guano and bones, and the great extent of turnip culture. 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.