Asher & Adams’ Georgia & Alabama


Georgia and Alabama in the midst of the Reconstruction Era.

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This interesting hand-colored engraved map shows Alabama and Georgia just a few years after the end of the American Civil War. Both states were in the throes of the Reconstruction Era and experiencing significant racial unrest, especially as a result of the rising Klu Klux Klan. Such tensions are not immediately apparent within the image, which emphasizes the routes of various railroads in operation. Lines both completed and under construction are shown, the former as hashed ‘tracks’.

The map was published in New York in 1873 as part of Asher & Adams New commercial, topographical, and statistical atlas and gazetteer of the United States. According to Rumsey, “This was one of the first United States atlases to exclusively feature railroad lines, showing minimal topography (in this later edition more topographical features are added, earlier editions have fewer features shown ) and only showing towns on or next to the railroads’ lines.”

Source: David Rumsey Collection

Map Details

Publication Date: 1873

Author: Asher & Adams

Sheet Width (in): 23.75

Sheet Height (in): 17.1

Condition: B

Condition Description: The sheet has become somewhat brittle with age and shows moderate toning around the outer edges. Several chips and tears are in the margins, the latter repaired on the verso with archival tape. Minor discoloration along the vertical centerfold. The image remains intact and exhibits attractive original color.


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