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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 famed success was once primary Park in ny, 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 by means 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 version used to be released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical caricature through his son and an creation via William P. Trent. It abounds in interesting and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and stories in a society which used to be at the verge of overwhelming swap.

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On searching their persons, there were found a Bible, a volume of Seneca's Morals ; Life in Earnest; the printed Constitution of a Society, the object of which was said to be "to relieve the sick, and bury the dead; " and a subscription paper to purchase the freedom of Eliza Howard, a young woman, whom her owner was willing to sell at $650.

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.

John H. Olmsted had an editorial share. Upon this condensation, and upon the Introduction xxix first volume of the series, Mr. Morley, in a footnote to vol. , p. 70, of his Life of Gladstone, bestowed the high praise that follows: • • • the reader who cares to understand the American Civil War should turn to F. L. " In these words we have not only the broad view of the world with regard to the value of Mr. Olmsted's books set over against the parochial, polemic view of Mr. De Bow, but also the reason why the first and most interesting of these descriptive works is now, after nearly half a century, given to the public in a new and convenient form.

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