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Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860

Martin Brückner


This book examines the rise of maps as a best-selling media platform wielding unprecedented cultural influence in America between 1750 and 1860. During this period, maps became affordable for first time to ordinary men and women looking to understand their place in the world; maps quickly entered American schools where they shaped reading and other cognitive exercises; giant wall maps became public spectacles; and miniature maps became expressive of personal journeys. The book argues that by the same token maps were tools of geographic information or imperial political power, their very materi ... More

Keywords: American cartography, print culture, commercialism, map galleries, decorative arts, social communication, visual designs, national education, material life of maps, performance culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469632605
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632605.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Brückner, author
University of Delaware