Charles O. Paullin published his monumental Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States in 1932. It contains nearly 700 maps covering seemingly every facet of the country’s social, economic and political life, including maps, then novel, showing county-by-county results for presidential elections going back to the beginning of the Republic.
Now, modern bells and whistles have also come to Paullin’s atlas. A souped-up online version has just been released by the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, bringing what some historians still consider a work of unsurpassed scope into the age of the iPad.
“Paullin’s maps show ordinary people making a living, moving across the landscape, worshiping at churches, voting in elections,” said Robert K. Nelson, the director of the Digital Scholarship Lab. “They covered so many topics that there’s really something for everyone.”
You can read more in an article by Jennifer Schuessler in the New York Times at http://goo.gl/KhdlWR. The online, animated version of the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States is available at http://dsl.richmond.edu/historicalatlas.
My thanks to newsletter reader Holly Hendricks for telling me about this online resource.