Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.


Civil War Datavis

I’m fascinated by this census map — apparently circa 1861 — of the slave population in the southern United States and the painstaking, not-computer-assisted work that must have gone into creating it. I came across it the other night while browsing NOAA’s historical map collection.

(Map Showing the Distribution of the Slave Population of the Southern States of the United States - 1860. Image from NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey Historical Map & Chart Collection)