A map of the cotton kingdom and its dependencies in America


A map of the cotton kingdom and its dependencies in America

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Title:
A map of the cotton kingdom and its dependencies in America
Description:
America Transformed: This statistical map addresses the importance of cotton agriculture in the economy before the American Civil War. It represents agricultural productivity rather than distribution and density of cotton cultivation by mapping two variables: productivity of cotton per enslaved laborer (blue, yellow, or red) and ratio of enslaved people to freemen (solid versus dashed horizontal lines). The map accompanied landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted’s published account of his travels through the South during the 1850s. Hired by the "New York Times" as a journalist to report his observations about the region’s economy, he argued that chattel slavery was inefficient for cotton production.
Contributor:
McLellan, David, b. ca. 1825
Contributor:
Olmsted, Frederick Law, 1822-1903
Contributor:
Mason Brothers
Date:
[1861]
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Cotton growing--United States--Maps
United States--Maps
Places:
United States
Publisher:
New York : Mason Brothers
Notes:
Exhibited: "America transformed. Part 1: the United States expands westward," organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 2019.
Shows dominant and subordinate cotton districts and subsidiary slave districts.
Relief shown by hachures.
"The data for this map are mainly derived from the United States Census of 1850."
From: Frederick Law Olmsted's The Cotton Kingdom. New York: Mason Brothers, 1861.
Extent:
1 map : hand col. ; 28 x 42 cm.
Scale:
Scale [ca. 1:6,400,000]
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_007155
Call #:
BPL Rare Books Dept. B.6019.56
Barcode:
39999059030047
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