Lecture Description

We live in a culture saturated with maps, which can be made instantly to represent virtually any type of data. Technology makes this possible, but our contemporary use of maps is rooted in a fundamental shift that took place well over a century ago. In the nineteenth century, Americans began to use maps in radically new ways, not just to represent the landscape but to investigate patterns and organize information. From maps of disease and climate to the census and slavery, this was a time when the very meaning of a map was redefined.


1800-1865 1865-1900

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