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Reynolds Political Map of the United States (1854)

Reynolds Political Map of the U.S. (1854).

N.B.: The black states are slave states; the red states, free. The green-shaded part illustrates the territories opened to slavery on the principle of “popular sovereignty,” introduced as a part of the Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854, an act which effectively repealed the Missouri Compromise of 1820 & radically destabilized the already unstable politics of America, leading, among other things, to the guerrilla warfare generally called Bleeding Kansas.

To download your own high-resolution copy of this image from the on-line archives of the Library of Congress, click here.

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  1. Michelle Revoir permalink
    April 24, 2010 8:36 PM

    Good evening,
    I am student at Syracuse University doing a documentary on slavery as a school project. I just want to ensure that the photos on your website are copyright free. We are only using them briefly and they project is strictly for students.
    Thank you,
    Michelle Revoir
    mrevoir@syr.edu

    • April 25, 2010 12:55 AM

      Hi Michelle,

      Yes, you may use anything you find on this website for educational purposes. The image above is in the public domain, & for that you may cite, perhaps, the Library of Congress (though it is available elsewhere).

      You need only cite my web-log if you quote something I myself have written in it, or if you find it generally to be of use/interest to you in your project.

      Best,
      Mark

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