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EMMA WILLARD’S “PICTURE OF NATIONS”: Visualization of civilization across time and space (1835)

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EMMA WILLARD’S “PICTURE OF NATIONS” (1835).

 

Among the most prolific and influential educators of her time, Emma Willard spent decades experimenting with the visualization of information. Here is one of her most ambitious efforts, a chart that traces the advent of civilization across time and space.

 

One of the Most Influential Infographics Of The 19th Century. 

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First map of rainfall in the United States in 1855

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U.S. ARMY SURGEON GENERAL, “HYETAL OR RAIN CHART: MEAN DISTRIBUTION OF PRECIPITATION FOR THE YEAR” (1855).

 

The drive to map weather yielded the first map of rainfall in the United States in 1855. It captivated the attention of a nation that was just beginning to turn its attention to a West whose climate and arability remained largely unknown.

 

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First American attempt to map the census, published before Civil War

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This was among the first American attempts to map the census, published just as the nation descended into Civil War.


The map riveted the nation, and even commanded the attention of President Lincoln (notice that it appears in the lower right corner of the famous portrait of Lincoln announcing his policy of emancipation to his cabinet). In one glance, the slave map conveys a complex picture of the variation within the South. 


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US driven by two fundamentally different ideals ~1888

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John Smith’s “Historical Geography” (1888) portrays a US driven by two fundamentally different ideals: the avaricious slaveholding South and the God-fearing, righteous North. 

 

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Influential GEOLOGICAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES” (1872)

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CHARLES HITCHCOCK AND WILLIAM BLAKE, “GEOLOGICAL MAP OF THE UNITED STATES” (1872).

 

The work of the chromolithographer Julius Bien is nowhere more appreciated than in his execution of the geology of the United States. Not the first geological map, it persists to this day in glorious color, mapping the unseen strata below our feet.

 

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MAP SHOWING RATIO OF FOREIGN TO AGGREGATE POPULATION” (1874)

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FRANCIS AMASA WALKER, “MAP SHOWING THE RATIO OF THE FOREIGN TO THE AGGREGATE POPULATION” (1874) [LIBRARY OF CONGRESS]

 

After the war these maps of data were advanced by Francis Amasa Walker, the superintendent of the census, who convinced Congress to fund his effort to map the Ninth Census of 1870. Look closely: This map uses shading to represent the ratio of the foreign born to the general population but also the density of the general population. Here lies the origin of GIS thinking.

 

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CONSPECTUS OF THE HISTORY OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT” (1880)

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WALTER HOUGHTON’S “CONSPECTUS OF THE HISTORY OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT” (1880).

 

With the United States’ centennial in 1876, many were inspired to look back on the nation’s first century. A Midwestern educator constructed this elaborate history of political parties in 1880.

 

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