Map of the United States, showing by colors the area of freedom and slavery, and the territories whose destiny is yet to be decided : exhibiting also the Missouri compromise line, and the routes of Colonel Fremont in his famous explorations : with important statistics of the free and slave states


Map of the United States, showing by colors the area of freedom and slavery, and the territories whose destiny is yet to be decided

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Title:
Map of the United States, showing by colors the area of freedom and slavery, and the territories whose destiny is yet to be decided : exhibiting also the Missouri compromise line, and the routes of Colonel Fremont in his famous explorations : with important statistics of the free and slave states
Description:
Published as a campaign poster supporting the Republican Party's first presidential bid in 1856, this broadside provides a commentary on the geographical sectionalism that was polarizing the nation. Using 1850 census data, it tabulated the demographic and economic differences between free and slave states, highlighting political concerns that the balance of Congressional power would shift as newly acquired western territories were admitted as states into the Union. The map clearly marked the 1820 Missouri Compromise line, which had defined the boundary between free and slave states. However, the passage of the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act nullified this long-standing compromise line, and potentially opened the entire western territory to slavery because it sanctioned “popular sovereignty“ whereby citizens of each territory could vote on the slavery issue.
Creator:
Elliott, G. W.
Creator:
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890
Date:
[1856?]
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Slavery--United States--Maps
Discoveries in geography--American--Maps
United States--Discovery and exploration--Maps
United States--Maps
Places:
United States
Publisher:
New York : G.W. Elliott
Notes:
Relief shown by hachures.
Hand colored.
Includes text, tables, ports., and decorative border.
Extent:
1 map : hand col. ; 36 x 65 cm., on sheet 80 x 73 cm.
Scale:
Scale [ca. 1:9,200,000]
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_006539
Call #:
G3701.E9 1856 .E45
Barcode:
39999059026425
Terms of Use:
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