Swallow Barn
Or, A Sojourn in the Old Dominion

By John Pendleton Kennedy
Revised Edition, With Twenty Illustrations by Strother
New York: George P. Putnam, 1851.

"A series of detached sketches" (as Kennedy himself described it), this book was originally published in an edition of 2000 copies in 1832. It was then out of print until this illustrated edition appeared just before Uncle Tom's Cabin began running serially. Although in his prefatory comments to the new edition Kennedy says nothing about the steadily increasing controversy about slavery, his eulogistic description of life on a Virginia plantation along with the new illustrations featuring happy "negroes" amounts to a defense of slavery. This edition went through a number of reprintings in the 1850s.

David H. Strother, a relative of Kennedy's, was also a minor writer whose pen name was "Porte Crayon." The picture titles are taken from the LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS published at the beginning of the book. You can enlarge the illustrations by clicking on the icons at left.