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

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UNC Press Books, 2006 - History - 276 pages
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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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.

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

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