Mapping American Slavery

Map Showing the Distribution of the Slave Population of the Southern States of the United States Compiled from the Census of 1860

Historian Susan Schulten, writing for the New York Times’s online Opinionator feature, examines an 1861 map showing the distribution of the slave population in the southern states of the U.S., based on 1860 census data. This map, an early example, I think, of a value progression map, was, according to Schulten, extremely influential in its day. An annotated version looks at some of the map’s details; a PDF version is available for download. Via @mrgeog.