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May 06 2011 - 07:29 AM
The Power of Infographics, 1861
I found this post in the New York Times to be a fascinating reminder about how important it is to work at creating alternative forms of presenting information. According to Susan Schulten's informative analysis, as Gen. George McClellan's forces were entering the western regions of Virginia to secure them for the Union, "the United States Coast Survey issued a groundbreaking map of Virginia, the first ever to display Census statistics cartographically." The map is a striking visual reminder to anyone who looks at it that the state was divided in its dependence on slave labor, and led to the creation of a more ambitious map of slavery in the southern states.
Posted in: FYI|By: Jeff Frank|2716 Reads