Monday, May 19, 2014

Mapping Slavery

Here is the latest gadget making the rounds of the historian-net: a time-lapse map of the spread of American slavery using US Census data.  You can use the map to follow the spread of slavery, but also overall population, free population, and free African American population. And make sure you read Mullen's essay, which I found very helpful in showing me ways to read the various imaging possibilities:
A striking way to see the importance of slavery is to look at a map of the total free population: a photo negative, if you will, of slavery. When looking at the density of the population that was free, large swathes of the South appear virtually depopulated. (Perhaps this is what a history book looks like that fails to take includes slaves?)

Check it out!

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