Map of Alabama, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait
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Map of Alabama, 1850, Mitchell and Cowperthwait

Regular price $275.00
This hand-colored atlas map is a steel plate engraving created circa 1850 by American mapmaker Samuel Augustus Mitchell. Alabama, also called the "Heart of Dixie", is an influential state in the South that has played a large role in the historic struggle for African-American civil rights. In 1848, two years before the publication of this map, Alabama Congressman William Lowndes Yancey created the pro-slavery Alabama Platform that argued for the rights of Southern slaveholders to bring their so-called "property" out West and insisted that to ban slavery in any region was unconstitutional. By the 1850s, secessionists in Alabama had joined the Southern Rights Party, originally founded in Georgia, to fight against the political influence of both the abolitionist North and home-grown Unionists. Slave dependent cotton production remained the primary source of wealth in the state and insured that Alabama would show little to no hesitation to be one of the first states to secede in January of 1861. 

This original antique map is single paged, as issued, with a plate size of 12.5" x 14.5". Published by Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co.
- Onastasia Youssef

Plate size: 12.5" x 14.5" 

Condition: Some minor foxing, but otherwise in excellent condition

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