Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in by Susan Schulten

By Susan Schulten

In the 19th century, american citizens started to use maps in extensively new methods. For the 1st time, clinical males mapped illnesses to appreciate and stop epidemics, normal scientists mapped weather and rainfall to discover climate styles, educators mapped the prior to foster nationwide loyalty between scholars, and Northerners mapped slavery to evaluate the facility of the South. After the Civil battle, federal companies embraced statistical and thematic mapping on the way to profile the ethnic, racial, monetary, ethical, and actual attributes of a reunified kingdom. via the tip of the century, Congress had licensed a countrywide archive of maps, an particular popularity that previous maps weren't relics to be discarded yet certain documents of the nation’s past.

All of those experiments concerned the belief that maps weren't simply illustrations of knowledge, yet visible instruments that have been uniquely outfitted to exhibit advanced rules and knowledge. In Mapping the Nation, Susan Schulten charts how maps of epidemic ailment, slavery, census information, the surroundings, and the prior validated the analytical capability of cartography, and within the procedure remodeled the very that means of a map.

Today, statistical and thematic maps are so ubiquitous that we take without any consideration that facts should be prepared cartographically. even if for city making plans, public future health, advertising, or political process, maps became daily instruments of social association, governance, and economics. the area we inhabit—saturated with maps and photo information—grew out of this sea swap in spatial idea and illustration within the 19th century, while americans realized to work out themselves and their country in new dimensions.

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