book talk


A History of America in 100 Maps 

TimeTuesday, November 19, 2019 from 5:30 PM–6:30 PM
LocationLecture Hall

Join author and historian Susan Schulten for a talk on her latest book, A History of America in 100 Maps. Throughout its history, America has been defined through maps. Whether made for military strategy or urban reform, to encourage settlement or to investigate disease, maps invest information with meaning by translating it into visual form. They capture what people knew, what they thought they knew, what they hoped for, and what they feared. As such they offer unrivaled windows onto the past. In this book, Schulten uses maps to explore five centuries of American history, from the voyages of European discovery to the digital age. Some of these maps were made by established cartographers, while others were made by unknown individuals such as Cherokee tribal leaders, soldiers on the front, and the first generation of girls to be formally educated. Some were tools of statecraft and diplomacy, and others were instruments of social reform or even advertising and entertainment. But when considered together, they demonstrate the many ways that maps both reflect and influence historical change. A book signing will follow the talk. For more information, contact Emma Ito at or 804.692.3726. To purchase or pre-order a copy of the bookvisit or call the Virginia Shop at 804.692.3524.

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