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Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

Susan Schulten


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 embraced statistical and thematic mapping in order to profile the ethnic, racial, economic, moral, and physical attributes of a reunified nation. By the end of the century, Congress had aut ... More

Keywords: maps, epidemics, climate, rainfall, weather patterns, national loyalty, slavery, census statistics, cartography, urban planning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226740683
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226740706.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Schulten, author