[UCP Books]: Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

 

Now in Paperback
 
“With this important new book, Susan Schulten establishes herself as a leading scholar at the intersection of geography, mapmaking, and American history in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.”

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History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America

Susan Schulten

Published by the University of Chicago Press

 

Publication date: September 15, 2013 Paper $30.00 • £21.00
UK publication date: September 15, 2013   ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10396-9

 
 
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.
 
All of these experiments involved the realization that maps were not just illustrations of data, but visual tools that were uniquely equipped to convey complex ideas and information. In Mapping the Nation, Susan Schulten charts how maps of disease, slavery, census statistics, the environment, and the past demonstrated the analytical potential of cartography, and in the process transformed the very meaning of a map.
 
Susan Schulten is professor of history at the University of Denver. In 2010 she was named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Please contact Margaret Hagan mhagan@press.uchicago.edu / 773.702.0279 for more information.

 

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