By Susan Schulten
In the 19th century, americans started to use maps in extensively new methods. For the 1st time, clinical males mapped ailments to appreciate and forestall epidemics, common scientists mapped weather and rainfall to discover climate styles, educators mapped the previous to foster nationwide loyalty between scholars, and Northerners mapped slavery to evaluate the facility of the South. After the Civil battle, federal corporations embraced statistical and thematic mapping so as to profile the ethnic, racial, fiscal, ethical, and actual attributes of a reunified kingdom. by means of the top of the century, Congress had approved a countrywide archive of maps, an particular acceptance that outdated maps weren't relics to be discarded yet detailed files of the nation’s past.
All of those experiments concerned the conclusion that maps weren't simply illustrations of knowledge, yet visible instruments that have been uniquely built to exhibit complicated principles and data. In Mapping the Nation, Susan Schulten charts how maps of epidemic affliction, slavery, census records, the surroundings, and the prior tested the analytical power of cartography, and within the technique remodeled the very that means of a map.
Today, statistical and thematic maps are so ubiquitous that we take with no consideration that info could be prepared cartographically. no matter if for city making plans, public overall healthiness, advertising, or political procedure, maps became daily instruments of social association, governance, and economics. the area we inhabit—saturated with maps and image information—grew out of this sea swap in spatial suggestion and illustration within the 19th century, whilst american citizens discovered to work out themselves and their country in new dimensions.
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Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America by Susan Schulten