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10 Fabulous Maps Of The United States 1856-1932

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SUSAN Schulton’s Mapping The Nation is a wonderful book showcasing “the complex and beautiful maps that spread through nineteenth-century America”.

 

Willard used a tree to depict American history as a unified whole even as the nation was descending into Civil War. Though designated a history of the “U. States,” it begins with Columbus. (1864) | Willard, Emma, 1787-1870

Willard used a tree to depict American history as a unified whole even as the nation was descending into Civil War. Though designated a history of the “U. States,” it begins with Columbus.
(1864) | Willard, Emma, 1787-1870

 

Notice the zealously sectional interpretation of history in this map, especially the identification of northern liberty as emanating from Christianity, in contrast to southern slavery. (1888) | Smith, John F.

Notice the zealously sectional interpretation of history in this map, especially the identification of northern liberty as emanating from Christianity, in contrast to southern slavery.
(1888) | Smith, John F.

 

Conquest of the South, 1861-1865 Here the Civil War is represented in stages, as popularized by Henry Lindenkohl and the U.S. Coast Survey in the “Sketches of the Rebellion,” included above. (1932) | Paullin, Charles Oscar, 1868 or 9-1944

Conquest of the South, 1861-1865
Here the Civil War is represented in stages, as popularized by Henry Lindenkohl and the U.S. Coast Survey in the “Sketches of the Rebellion,” included above.
(1932) | Paullin, Charles Oscar, 1868 or 9-1944

 

Transportation and Rates of Travel Here Charles Paullin represented advances in transportation technology in geographic terms in order to depict the qualitative changes over the course of American history. (1932) | Paullin, Charles Oscar, 1868 or 9-1944

Transportation and Rates of Travel
Here Charles Paullin represented advances in transportation technology in geographic terms in order to depict the qualitative changes over the course of American history.
(1932) | Paullin, Charles Oscar, 1868 or 9-1944

 

Course of Cholera in Boston in 1849 This is one of many examples of a map designed for etiological purposes, in this case to locate the source of the city’s 1849 cholera epidemic. (1849) | Williams, Henry W. (Henry Willard), 1821-1895

Course of Cholera in Boston in 1849
This is one of many examples of a map designed for etiological purposes, in this case to locate the source of the city’s 1849 cholera epidemic.
(1849) | Williams, Henry W. (Henry Willard), 1821-1895

 

Map Showing the Distribution of the Slave Population of the Southern States One of the first American attempts to translate the census into cartographic form, and a favorite of President Lincoln during the Civil War. (1861) | Hergesheimer, E. (Edwin)

Map Showing the Distribution of the Slave Population of the Southern States
One of the first American attempts to translate the census into cartographic form, and a favorite of President Lincoln during the Civil War.
(1861) | Hergesheimer, E. (Edwin)

 

Freedom and Slavery, and the Coveted Territories Anti-slavery activist John Jay used this map to alert northerners to the threat of slavery in the west, and to promote the cause of the newly-founded Republican Party in the 1856 presidential election. (1856)

Freedom and Slavery, and the Coveted Territories
Anti-slavery activist John Jay used this map to alert northerners to the threat of slavery in the west, and to promote the cause of the newly-founded Republican Party in the 1856 presidential election.
(1856)

 

Map of the “Foreign Population” Compiled from the Ninth Census This was one of Walker’s first attempts to map census data, and contemporaries noticed the stark comparison between it and the map of the “colored population” from the same report. (1872) | Witzleben, Arthur de

Map of the “Foreign Population” Compiled from the Ninth Census
This was one of Walker’s first attempts to map census data, and contemporaries noticed the stark comparison between it and the map of the “colored population” from the same report.
(1872) | Witzleben, Arthur de

 

Geological Map of the United States This stunning map owed much to its antebellum maps of geology as well as the fine chromolithography of Julius Bien. (1872) | Hitchcock, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1836-1919

Geological Map of the United States
This stunning map owed much to its antebellum maps of geology as well as the fine chromolithography of Julius Bien.
(1872) | Hitchcock, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1836-1919

 

Map of Indian Population in the Western United States Walker served as Commissioner of the Indian Bureau while also Superintendent of the Ninth Census in the 1870s, and in both capacities relied on maps. (1874)

Map of Indian Population in the Western United States
Walker served as Commissioner of the Indian Bureau while also Superintendent of the Ninth Census in the 1870s, and in both capacities relied on maps.
(1874)

 

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