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“America Votes: Mapping the Political Landscape” begins with gerrymandering, 200 years of manipulating political districts for partisan objectives, and includes maps illustrating the extension of the vote to non-property owners, blacks, and women. These issues are represented in many examples that also show the importance of the states as the proxy for the voice of the people they represented. Efforts to legislate behavior, such as prohibition, were another aspect of mapping the political landscape.

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USA, Then and Now



Jean Lattré,
Carte des Etats-Unis, 1784



Phelps & Ensign,
Map of the United States, 1842



Congressional Districts of the 110th Congress, 2007



Presidential Elections 1789–2008, 2009

 

From Gerrymander to Bushmander



Elkanah Tisdale, The Gerry-mander, 1812



Worcester and Essex Counties, 1812



History of the Gerry-mander, 1820



José-Luis Olivares, Redistricting Texas Style, 2004



Texas’ Congressional Districts, 2011

 

Mapping Massachusetts Congressional Districts



Frank A. Foster, Massachusetts’ Population, 1900



George H. Walker, The Eleventh Congressional District, 1902



Massachusetts’ 2011 Congressional Districts



Massachusetts Population and Electoral College 2012

 

Mapping Presidential Election Results



The Battle-ground of the Presidential Election 1888



Weller’s Political Map of the United States, 1892



Mark Newman, Presidential Election Results Maps, 2008



Mark Newman, Presidential Election Results Cartograms, 2008

 

States’ Rights and Agendas



Thomas Strong,
Our National Bird, 1861



The Whole Story in a Nutshell!, 1888



The Facts of Prohibition, 1924



Make the Map All White, 1914



Statler Hotel and the First Load at Copley

 

Expanding the Franchise



John Lewis,
Free-Soil and Slavery Map, 1848



Result of the Fifteenth Amendment



Victory Map, 1919



Uncle Sam’s Newest Baby Girl, 1910



Property Qualifications for Suffrage, 1932



We The People, 1995