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US Health Map. Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at The Library Of Congress. Today’s guest post is from Erin Kelly, a GIS Library Technician in the Geography and Map Division.

Worlds Revealed: Geography & Maps at The Library Of Congress

A native of the Baltimore, Maryland area, Erin came to the Library of Congress as a recent graduate of Towson University. Do you ever look out of an airplane window and admire the natural beauty that is below you? If so, you have most definitely seen a meandering river. For me, it doesn’t matter whether I’m looking at a map, a picture, or even out an airplane window, meandering rivers always grab my attention. Mapping Inequality. UPDATED: Mapped - a world at war.

New Interactive Map Visualizes the Chilling History of Lynching in the U.S. (1835-1964) Whether we like to admit it or not, the history of the U.S. is in great degree a history of genocide and racist terror.

New Interactive Map Visualizes the Chilling History of Lynching in the U.S. (1835-1964)

As Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz has demonstrated in An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, the phrase “Manifest Destiny”—which we generally associate with the second half of the 19th century—accurately describes the nation’s ethos since well before its founding. The idea that the entire continent belonged by right of “Providence” to a highly specific group of European settlers is what we often hear spoken of now of as “white nationalism,” an ideology that has been as violent and bloody as certain other nationalisms, and in many ways much more so. “Somehow,” writes Dunbar-Ortiz, “even ‘genocide’ seems an inadequate description for what happened” to the Native American nations. In other areas of density in the Southwest, “Far West,” and “Left Coast” (as the project refers to these areas) the victims tended to be Latino/a, Chinese, or Native American. Researchers map fear and happiness in historic London.

Maps help us locate landmarks and can even trace historical change.

Researchers map fear and happiness in historic London

But can they convey people's feelings? Or are emotions "unmappable"? A collaboration between Stanford's Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and its Literary Lab offers a solution. The Literary Lab's newest pamphlet, "The Emotions of London," illustrates the ways 18th- and 19th-century British novels associate feelings with various parts of England's capital. Take, for instance, the stark difference between London's West End, an enclave for the rich, and the City, a bustling district marked by poverty as well as enterprise. Mapped: Where American income has grown the most since 1990 — Quartz.

This week's #fridayreads is our #blog about the Meandering #MississippiRiver! Comparing Old Maps. The David Rumsey Map Collection is a fantastic collection of vintage maps from around the world.

Comparing Old Maps

The David Rumsey Map Collection has also been at the forefront in working on digitizing vintage paper maps and making them available to view and use online. For a long time the collection has used Georeferencer to georectify vintage maps and make them accessible as interactive digital maps. This year Georeferencer has released version 4 of their Georeferencer tool.

The tool has added some great new features to aide anyone interested in georectifying and digitizing old vintage maps. It also has a great new interface for comparing different maps side by side. Georeferencer Compare is an amazing way to find and compare old vintage maps side-by-side, It includes various different view modes. Meander Maps of the Mississippi. In 1944 Harold Fisk published a series of beautiful looking maps of the Mississippi River.

Meander Maps of the Mississippi

In his 'Geological Investigation of the Alluvial Valley of the Lower Mississippi River', commissioned by the Army Corp of Engineers, Fisk not only mapped the flow of the Mississippi but also tried to represent how the river's course has meandered and changed over time. Fisk's maps use a number of different colors to show the different courses of the river over the centuries. You can view static images of all fifteen of Fisk's maps for the Army Corp of Engineers on this radicalcartography post. Follow the Path of the Freedom Riders in This Interactive Map. Even though the Civil War marked the end of slavery, African-Americans fought for equal rights throughout the century that followed.

Follow the Path of the Freedom Riders in This Interactive Map

In the post-Reconstruction era, Jim Crow laws arose and the American South became a region of two segregated societies – whites and African Americans. Attempts to tear down this system in the courts bore little to no fruit. In 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that “separate but equal” accommodations in public places were legal, enshrining a public policy that stayed on the books for decades. Mapping the emotions of London. Maps help us locate landmarks and can even trace historical change.

Mapping the emotions of London

But can they convey people’s feelings? Or are emotions “unmappable”? New Book: “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps” Designed to educate, amuse or advertise, pictorial maps were a clever and colorful component of print culture in the mid-20th century, often overlooked in studies of cartography.

New Book: “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps”

A new book published by the Library of Congress in association with the University of Chicago Press, “Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps,” by Stephen J. Hornsby, celebrates these vibrant maps, tracing their development and proliferation. Jacket design by Lauren Michelle Smith Cartographers have long incorporated illustrations into their maps, drawing mountains, cities and even sea monsters on maps, looking back at some medieval examples. Hornsby demonstrates how 20th-century artists adapted this tradition, encouraged by improvements in print technology and inspired by trends in advertising, graphic design and popular culture. More than 150 maps, most drawn from the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map Division, are illustrated in six thematic chapters.

Stephen J. New Interactive Map Visualizes the Chilling History of Lynching in the U.S. (1835-1964) Storymap JS - Tell Stories With Maps. The New York Times has a new feature called Harriet Tubman's Path to Freedom.

Storymap JS - Tell Stories With Maps

The feature is a presented in scrolling map format. The map is combined with a timeline format that shows the sequence of and locations of significant moments of Tubman's work in freeing herself and helping other slaves escape. Harriet Tubman's Path to Freedom is part of a larger series of stories about the Underground Railroad.

Looking at the presentation of Harriet Tubman's Path to Freedom reminded me an excellent storytelling tool called StoryMap JS. StoryMap JS comes from the same people that offer Timeline JS. StoryMap JS integrates with your Google Drive account. Applications for Education StoryMap JS can be a great tool for students to use to tell stories that have strong geographic connections. H/T to Larry Ferlazzo for the link to Harriet Tubman's Path to Freedom. Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond) Many non-scholarly and scholarly accounts on the societies, culture, and political economy of the Middle East post-“Arab Uprisings/Spring” still deal with cities and regions as mere repositories of social, cultural, political, and economic action—despite the spatial turn that has informed social sciences and humanities for more than three decades ago now.

Why Space Matters in the Arab Uprisings (and Beyond)

Indeed, they often overlook the shaping roles of the built and natural environments in the production of events unraveling in cities and regions of the Middle East. We thus read about cities and regions as backgrounds and contexts for processes and practices, rather than environments that have determining impacts on these. Since its launch in September 2013, Jadaliyya’s Cities Page has been committed to produce such informed, empirical, and integrated knowledge, where the spatial engages and intersects with historical, political, economic, technological, legal, social, and cultural analysis. ZeeMap. Unfolding Maps: Unfolding is a library to create interactive maps and geovisualizations in Processing and Java. StoryMap JS.

Online. Scribble Maps : Draw On Maps and Make Them Easily. GmapGIS: Web application to draw on Google maps; Create, share,link,embed and publish interactive maps with polygons, lines, circles, markers and labels. Make Maps Online with Click2Map. Story Maps. Odyssey.js. NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive. Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free! Editor for Google Maps [MapFab.com]

Wikimapia - Let's describe the whole world! Mapme: Plot your story. Create Custom Map. EZ Map - Google Maps Made Easy. Religious Congregations & Membership Study.

Gangs of New York. Five Points Five Points, New York in 1857 was at the intersection of Baxter Street, Worth Street and Park Street. A day in the life of old London.