A Series of Maps to Willard’s History of the United States or Republic of America. – Designed for Schools and Public Libraries.
By: Emma Willard
Published by: White, Gallaher & White
Date: 1828 (circa) New York
A unique atlas showcasing important points in American history, complete with the original cover-boards, spine, and twelve engraved maps. The atlas begins with an interesting map titled “Locations and Wanderings of the Aboriginal Tribes.” This is the only map in the atlas to reference Native Americans, but it is also the first published map to only focus on the locations and emigrations of American aboriginals. Some see this map as a rare homage to the millions of native people that once thrived throughout the country, while others see it as a convenience way to omit Native Americas from all other maps in the atlas that tell the story of the History of United States.
The other maps contained in this atlas appear in chronological order, beginning with a “Map of 1578,” that includes a scene of Queen Elizabeth signing a patent for Sir Humphrey Gilbert for the first grant of lands within America by and English sovereign. The maps continue on by date, 1620, 1643, 1692, 1733, 1763, 1776, 1789, and 1826, with a few additional undated maps in between. Many of these maps mark important points in the History of the United States, such as the Pilgrims Landing at Plymouth, the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and the drafting of the Constitution to name a few.
Emma Willard is a well-known historical figure for her efforts to further develop the educational system in America to include women. Emma got her start as an educator in 1807, at the age of 19, when she was offered a summer teaching job at a girls’ school in Middlebury, Vermont. Back then the most common courses for women included dance, writing, stitching and sewing and cooking. Emma believed there was no reason why women should not learn the same subject matter that was being taught to men, including math, geometry, physics, history, and geography. She approached Middlebury College about including such courses in the curriculum for women and when they turned her down, she moved to Troy, New York. With private backing, she opened the Troy Female Seminary (couldn’t call it a school or college) that would later become the Emma Willard university-preparatory day and boarding school for young women that offers grades 9 – 12.
Condition: This book is in fine condition with all maps bound together, but not securely bound into the spine of the atlas. Covers are in decent shape with some marks, scuffs, and bumped corners.
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