Statistical Atlas of the United States (1870)

<h2>Nuts and Bolts</h2> <p>Published in 1874</p> <p>Edited by Francis Walker</p> <p>107 plates in total</p>

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<h2>The Tale of the Statistical Atlas</h2> <p>It was time for the centennial! Let&#39;s make an awesome atlas to show how awesome we are, the Department of the Interior seemed to say.</p>

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Chinese in America

In 1848, there were only 325 Chinese immigrants in America. By 1880, there were 300,000, making up ten percent of the population of California! read more

Treemaps and Bar Graphs Bear Child, Terrify Neighborhood

First, these are great because they look like fabric swatches for woolen socks. read more

You Can’t Lead a Swede to Water

Swedes and Norwegians, why no love for the coast? Industrial jobs and the prairie just wouldn’t have done it for me. read more

1870’s-style Middle School Dance

Back in 1870 the western frontier was packed full of men, while the east coast was Lady City. Some things never change. read more


It's interesting that only Mississippi saw a decrease in the decade...

from Jen on Insane (aggregate number)


from Anon on Table of contents

I love how important events in US history are made completely obvio...

from Jen on Fiscal chart

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