By Frederick Law Olmsted
Frederick legislation 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 was once valuable 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 was once known as by way of Charles Eliot Norton 'the maximum artist that the United States 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 was once released in volumes in 1904, with the addition of a biographical comic strip via his son and an advent by means of William P. Trent. It abounds in interesting and witty descriptions of Olmsted's encounters and studies in a society which was once at the verge of overwhelming swap.
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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.
One man carried a rifle on his pommel. Sometimes, these carts would contain a single bale of cotton, more commonly, an assorted cargo of maize, sweet potatoes, poultry, game, hides, and peltry, with, always, some bundles of corn-leaves, to be fed to the horse. Women and children were often passengers, or travelled on foot, in company with the carts, which were usually furnished with a low tilt. Many of them, I found, had been two or three days on the road, bringing down a little crop to market; whole families coming with it, to get reclothed with the proceeds.