Kentucky and Tennessee, 1878, Mitchell

Kentucky and Tennessee, 1878, Mitchell

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Kentucky and Tennessee, 1878, Mitchell

In 1878, Kentucky and Tennessee were both stricken by a yellow fever epidemic. Once ships arrived in Louisiana from the plague-stricken Caribbean, it quickly spread throughout the South despite attempts to quarantine the ill. Mosquitoes and quarantine escapees carried the fever from state to state until it arrived in Memphis and spread upward to Kentucky. At the time, no vaccine existed to prevent the disease, which was incurable, and resulted in bodily pain, bleeding, fever, vomiting and jaundice. Thousands of Memphis residents fled the city with primarily African-Americans left in the city. However, white locals were more likely to die from the disease as their ancestors were not as exposed to the disease, which was more common in Africa. The first deaths began in August, and did not cease until October, when the cold weather began to set in. In the end over 2,000 died from the epidemic.

Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868) turned his attention to mapmaking in the 1830s, due to his dissatisfaction with available school maps. He developed a map publishing business that would make him and later his son the most prominent American map publishers of the nineteenth century. By collaborating with prominent mapmakers and engravers of the day, such as James H. Young and Henry S. Tanner, Mitchell ensured that the maps he published were of the highest quality. During the 1850s, he partnered with Thomas, Cowperthwait, & Company to publish his A New Universal Atlas and his General Atlas. In 1860, his son Samuel Augustus, Jr, joined the company and he ensured that the Mitchell name remained an important one well into the 1880s.

- Onastasia Youssef

Plate size: 14" x 11"

Condition: Foxing at lower-left, otherwise in fine condition