The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity

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UNC Press Books, 2006 - History - 276 pages
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The rapid rise in popularity of maps and geography handbooks in the eighteenth century ushered in a new geographic literacy among nonelite Americans. In a pathbreaking and richly illustrated examination of this transformation, Martin Bruckner argues that
 

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Contents

The Surveyed Self Geodesy Writing and Colonial Identity in EighteenthCentury British America
17
The Continent Speaks Geography Oratory and the Figuration of Identity in Revolutionary America
52
Maps Spellers and the Semiotics of Nationalism in the Early Republic
99
Geography Textbooks and Reading National Character
143
Novel Geographies of the Republic
174
Native American Geographies and Journals of Lewis and Clark
205
Literacy for Empire Geography Education and the Aesthetic of Territoriality
239
Index
266
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Page 10 - Geography I think should be begun with: for the learning of the figure of the globe, the situation and boundaries of the four parts of the world, and that of particular kingdoms and countries, being only an exercise of the eyes and memory, a child with pleasure will learn and retain them.

About the author (2006)

Martin Bruckner is associate professor of English at the University of Delaware.