Worcester County : Essex County


Worcester County

Item Information

Title:
Worcester County : Essex County
Title (uniform):
Weekly messenger
Description:
During the first weeks of March 1812, several Boston newspapers published this map which inspired the creation of the “gerrymander” cartoon. The map illustrates the new senatorial districts in Worcester and Essex Counties. The article explains that these counties had an “immense Federal majority,” but would likely elect four Federalists and five Jeffersonian Democrat-Republicans, the party of Governor Elbridge Gerry. In criticizing this redistricting plan, the influential Federalist newspapers commented that the ruling party carved the Commonwealth, “not … as a dish fit for Gods’ but ‘hewn it as a carcase fit for hounds.’”
Date:
1812
Format:
Maps/Atlases
Location:
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Subjects:
Worcester County (Mass.)--Maps
Essex County (Mass.)--Maps
Places:
MassachusettsEssex (county)
Publisher:
Boston : [s.n.]
Notes:
Exhibited: "America Votes: Mapping the Political Landscape" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2012.
Maps of Worcester and Essex counties, appearing in the March 6, 1812 (no. 20 of v. 1) edition of The Weekly Messenger.
Extent:
2 maps on 1 sheet ; 20 x 16 cm or smaller, on sheet 49 x 34 cm
Scale:
Scale not given.
Language:
English
Identifier:
06_01_006580
Call #:
G3763.W6 1816 .W67x
Barcode:
39999059026805
Terms of Use:
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