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 crucial 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 referred to as by means of 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 variation used to be released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical comic strip by means of his son and an advent via William P. Trent. It abounds in attention-grabbing and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and stories in a society which was once at the verge of overwhelming swap.

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South Carolina and Georgia 31 The frequent drumming which is heard, the State military school, the cannon in position on the paradeground, the citadel, the guard-house, with its martial ceremonies, the frequent parades of militia (the ranks mainly filled by foreign-born citizens), and, especially, the numerous armed police, which is under military discipline, might lead one to imagine that the town was in a state of siege or revolution. Savannah, which is but half a day's sail from Charleston, has, on the other hand, a curiously rural and modest aspect, for a place of its population and commerce.

We were running during the forenoon, for a hundred miles or more, in a southerly direction, on nearly a straight course, through about the middle of the State of South Carolina. The greater part of this distance, the flat, sandy pine barrens continued, scarcely a foot of grading, for many miles at a time, having been required in the construction of the railroad. As the swamps, which were still frequent, were crossed on piles and tressel-work, the roads must have been built very cheaply—the land damages being nothing.

The other plantation contains overfivehundred acres of rice-land, fitted for irrigation; the remainder is unusually fertile, reclaimed upland swamp, and some hundred acres of it are cultivated for maize and Sea Island cotton. There is a "negro settlement" on each; but both plantations, although a mile or two apart, are worked together as one, under one overseer—the hands being drafted from one to another as their labor is required. Somewhat over seven hundred acres are at the present time under the plough in the two plantations: the whole number of negroes is two hundred, and they are reckoned to be equal to about one hundred prime hands —an unusual strength for that number of all classes.

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