By Martin Brückner
Between 1750 and 1860, maps did greater than converse geographic info and political pretensions. They grew to become reasonable and intelligible to dull American women and men trying to find their position on this planet. institution maps fast entered study rooms, the place they formed interpreting and different cognitive workouts; gigantic maps drew cognizance in public areas; miniature maps helped americans chart own studies. in brief, maps have been uniquely social gadgets whose visible and fabric expressions affected advertisement practices and picture arts, theatrical performances and the communique of feelings.
This lavishly illustrated research follows renowned maps from their issues of construction to retailers and galleries, schoolrooms and coat wallet, parlors and bookbindings. among the a long time major as much as the progressive battle and the Civil warfare, early americans bonded with maps; Martin Bruckner's entire background of quotidian cartographic encounters is the 1st to teach us how.
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Within the age of MapQuest and GPS, we take cartographic literacy with no consideration. we should always now not; the power to discover that means in maps is the fruit of a protracted technique of publicity and guideline. A "carto-coded" America--a country during which maps are pervasive and meaningful--had to be created. The Social lifetime of Maps tracks American cartography's striking upward thrust to its unparalleled cultural effect.
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