By Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick legislations Olmsted (1822-1903) was once a journalist and panorama dressmaker who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most famed fulfillment used to be imperative Park in long island, 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 was once referred to as through Charles Eliot Norton 'the maximum artist that the USA 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 variation was once released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical cartoon through his son and an advent via William P. Trent. It abounds in attention-grabbing and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and studies in a society which used to be at the verge of overwhelming swap.
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The patriarchal institution should be seen here under its most favorable aspects; not only from the ties of long family association, common traditions, common memories, and, if ever, common interests, between the slaves and their rulers, but, also, from the practical talent for organization and administration, gained among the rugged fields, the complicated looms, and the exact and comprehensive counting-houses of New England, which directs the labor. The house-servants are more intelligent, understand and perform their duties better, and are more appropriately dressed than any I have seen before.
Very little iron is used in their construction; the different parts being held together by wooden pins, and lashings of hide. The harness is made chiefly of ropes and undressed hide; but there is always a highpeaked riding-saddle, in which the driver prefers to sit, rather than on his cart. Once, I met a woman riding in this way, with a load of children in the cart behind her. From the axle-tree, often hung a gourd, or an South Carolina and Georgia 41 iron kettle. One man carried a rifle on his pommel.
Those a little older —the crawlers—were in the pen, and those big enough to toddle were playing on the steps, or before the house. 52 The Seaboard Slave States Some of these, with two or three bigger ones, were singing and dancing about a fire that they had made on the ground. They were not at all disturbed or interrupted in their amusement by the presence of their owner and myself. At twelve years of age, the children are first put to regular field-work; until then no labor is required of them, except, perhaps, occasionally, they are charged with some light kind of duty, such as frightening birds from corn.
A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States, Volume 2: With Remarks on their Economy by Frederick Law Olmsted