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The Geographic Revolution in Early America: Maps, Literacy, and National Identity (Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) [Kindle Edition]

Martin Brückner

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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 geographic literacy as it was played out in popular literary genres--written, for example, by William Byrd, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Royall Tyler, Charles Brockden Brown, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark--significantly influenced the formation of identity in America from the 1680s to the 1820s.

Drawing on historical geography, cartography, literary history, and material culture, Bruckner recovers a vibrant culture of geography consisting of property plats and surveying manuals, decorative wall maps and school geographies, the nation's first atlases, and sentimental objects such as needlework samplers. By showing how this geographic revolution affected the production of literature, Bruckner demonstrates that the internalization of geography as a kind of language helped shape the literary construction of the modern American subject. Empirically rich and provocative in its readings, The Geographic Revolution in Early America proposes a new, geographical basis for Anglo-Americans' understanding of their character and its expression in pedagogical and literary terms.


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"Martin Bruckner's wide-ranging study offers a vibrant interdisciplinary account of the contribution of geographical literacy to the development of an Anglo-American cultural identity." - Nancy Ruttenburg, New York University"

About the Author

MARTIN BRUCKNER is associate professor of English at the University of Delaware.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1999 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (27 Feb. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LOA2KHG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geographic Revolution in Early America 21 Nov. 2013
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The book seems to be written for the college or graduate level but also for the general
public that is interested in geographic history of US would find it very informative
and interesting to read. The author writes on the development of maps and
geographic knowledge of the American people as the nation was
settled and then expanded. The use of maps and geography was one of the
main methods used to broaden early American national Identity. Some pictures of maps are included in the book. The author writes
about various individuals that contributed to the growth of early
American geographic knowledge. The Author discussed various literary materials
and books written to increase geographic and map knowledge of the American people. I have a general interest in maps
and geogrpahy and the book increased by knowledge of early America
maps, geographic knowledge and national identity. Charles
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