|The set of over 50 maps available here is my attempt to give you a graphic way to explore three stories:|
Clicking on any of the dates at left will take you to the maps for that year. You'll start with a map of the U.S., from two wonderful online archives of historic maps: the LIBRARY OF CONGRESS MAP COLLECTION and the DAVID RUMSEY MAP COLLECTION.
On each U.S. map are oval icons representing individual authors. These show you where the authors were, and by clicking on them you'll pop up windows allowing you to see what the writers were doing in that year. In addition, since so much of the "American Renaissance" took place in New England, on most U.S. maps there's a purple rectangle around that region. Clicking on it will pop up a larger scale map, with its own clickable author icons. Try it on this sample, from the 1838 map:
In addition, some of the New England maps have a C on them. That stands for Concord, which you might call the epicenter of the period we're studying. Clicking on the C will pop up an even larger scale map of the Massachusetts village that, for example, both Emerson and Thoreau called home, and where Hawthorne lived too.
As one other resource, the 1843 map, by S. A. Mitchell, contains population tables based on the 1840 census. They're outlined in purple too, which means you can click on them to pop up an enlargement and see where the rest of the country was living at that time.