The Cartography of Slavery


This is the more interactive version provided by the NY Times. One of the most important maps of the Civil War was also one of the most visually striking: the United States Coast Survey’s map of the slaveholding states, which clearly illustrates the varying concentrations of slaves across the South.

New York Underground

The subject of the New York Underground is connected to the subject of Blues People and their culture via the short story by Richard Wright, The Man Who Lived Underground, which follows the actions of an African American male fleeing from the police accused of a crime he did not committ into the sewers where he begins to have a different kind of life in which his consciousness is altered and his fears cease to exist.

Of course, his plight is a tragic one. Studying this site constructed by National Geographic which gives lots of information and illustrations concerning the construction and the history of the distribution of power and water underground, it is not surprising that things don't turn out well for the underground man. Along with the wires and the pipes, he is part of the underbelly of the city. This is a great website providing a lot of information and illustration of how the underground of New York is currently constructed. A good thing to know should the need arise.

New York Underground, the page is called and sponsored by National Geographic at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/nyunderground/docs/nymain.html.