Tuesday, October 06th, 2009 | Author:

Here is a clear, color-coded map from wikimedia commons that shows the US as Whitman knew it: seceeding states, Union states with slavery, Union states without slavery, territories.  And here is one that shows the same, but in a more traditional cartography:

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  1. Avatar of s-words s-words says:

    It’s the US Whitman knew, but never would have accepted.

  2. A little eerie to think how often we heard the phrase “battleground states” during the last presidential election . . . Here’s a map of how that broke down: http://newman.baruch.cuny.edu/pres_election_08map/page5.htm. A lot of overlap with the Civil War map, huh? Anyway, here’s Barack Obama doing his best to channel Lincoln and Whitman on the issue:

    “The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into red states and blue states – red states for Republicans, and blue states for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states and have gay friends in the red states. … We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”


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