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James R. Akerman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780226010748

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226010786.001.0001

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Twentieth-Century American Road Maps and the Making of a National Motorized Space

Twentieth-Century American Road Maps and the Making of a National Motorized Space

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(p.151) 5 Twentieth-Century American Road Maps and the Making of a National Motorized Space
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Cartographies of Travel and Navigation
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James R. Akerman

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226010786.003.0005

This chapter argues that a symbiosis existed between road maps and the development of American automobile highways. Particularly in the early decades of the twentieth century, automobile maps and mapmakers played a significant role in promoting and developing automobile highways, even as the navigational character of road maps was conditioned by the state of the highways themselves. The completion of an effective highway network subsequently allowed highway mapmakers and sponsors to turn to more fully promotional agendas, chief among which were those designed to equate automobile travel with national citizenship.

Keywords:   highways, automobile maps, navigation, mapmakers, automobile travel, national citizenship

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