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Mapping the nation : history and cartography in nineteenth-century America

Author: Susan Schulten
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the nineteenth century, Americans began to use maps in radically new ways. For the first time, medical men mapped diseases to understand and prevent epidemics, natural scientists mapped climate and rainfall to uncover weather patterns, educators mapped the past to foster national loyalty among students, and Northerners mapped slavery to assess the power of the South. After the Civil War, federal agencies
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Schulten
ISBN: 9780226740683 0226740684
OCLC Number: 756577822
Description: xii, 246 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Contents: Introduction --
PART ONE. MAPPING THE PAST --
The graphic foundations of American history --
Capturing the past through maps --
PART TWO. MAPPING THE PRESENT --
Disease, expansion, and the rise of environmental mapping --
Slavery and the origin of statistical cartography --
The cartographic consolidation of America --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Susan Schulten.

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"In a work of deep scholarship and insight, Susan Schulten traces the origins of a now-ubiquitous presence in American life: maps with a story to tell. Schulten uncovers not only a fascinating Read more...

 
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