The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860

The Social Life of Maps in America, 1750-1860

by Martin Bruckner

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ISBN-13: 9781469632605
Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/20/2017
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 262,016
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Martin Bruckner is professor of English and material culture studies at the University of Delaware.

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Enriched but not constrained by theory, Bruckner's beautifully written study impressively integrates visual, literary, economic, and psychological perspectives to offer fresh interpretations page after page. Scholars interested in the uses of print, whether or not they are early Americanists, need to read this book. They will be rewarded with Bruckner's instructive insights into the meanings of space and spectacle, materiality and memory.--Joan Shelley Rubin, University of Rochester



Zooming in and out, charting the careers of mapmakers, map users, and maps themselves, The Social Life of Maps in America sketches a stunning bird's-eye view of an important medium as well as an intimate geography of commercial society between the Revolution and the Civil War. In Martin Bruckner's skillful hands, ephemeral cultural objects come alive again and help narrate a completely new history of cartography in early America.--Eric Slauter, University of Chicago



Martin Bruckner fills two gaping voids in map history by exploring the industrialization of geography in antebellum America from the point of view of map consumers, not map producers. Applying a material culture approach to the maps and to previously untapped archives, Bruckner provides a complex narrative of social, technological, and cultural changes that created a distinctly American form of geography. A splendid achievement!--Matthew H. Edney, Universities of Wisconsin and Southern Maine

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