By Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick legislations Olmsted (1822-1903) used to be a journalist and panorama clothier who's considered as the founding father of American panorama structure: his most famed fulfillment used to be vital Park in manhattan, 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 known as through 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 caricature through his son and an creation by way of 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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X. inquired first of an old nurse how the children were; whether there had been any births since his last visit; spoke to two convalescent young mothers, that were lounging on the floor of the portico, with the children, and then asked if there were any sick people. " " What 's the matter with him ? " " Don' 'spec dere 's noting much de matter wid him now, sar. " Mr. X. went to Tom's Sue's cabin, looked at the boy, and, concluding that he was well, though he lay abed, and pretended to cry with pain, ordered him to go out to work.
And, permit me to say, that this elevation of the female character is no less important and essential to us, than the moral and intellectual cultivation of the other sex. It would, indeed, be intolerable, if, when one class of society is necessarily degraded in this respect, no compensation were made by the superior elevation and purity of the other. Not only essential purity of conduct, but the utmost purity of manners. And, I will add, though it may incur the formidable charge of affectation or prudery, a greater severity of decorum than is required elsewhere, is necessary among us.
The exercise of walking or of riding, warms one, at any time between sunrise and sunset, sufficiently to allow an overcoat to be dispensed with, while the air is yet brisk and stimulating. The public-houses are 36 The Seaboard Slave States over-crowded with Northerners, who congratulate themselves on having escaped from the severe cold, of which they hear from home. All, however, who know the country, out of the large towns, say that they have suflFered more from cold here, than ever at the North; because, except at a few firstclass hotels, and in the better sort of mansions and plantation residences, any provision for keeping houses warm is so entirely neglected.
A Journey in the Seaboard Slave States, Volume 2: With Remarks on their Economy by Frederick Law Olmsted