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Twentieth-Century American Road Maps and the Making of a National Motorized Space

James R. Akerman

in Cartographies of Travel and Navigation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226010748
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226010786 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226010786.003.0005
Twentieth-Century American Road Maps and the Making of a National Motorized Space

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This chapter argues that a symbiosis existed between road maps and the development of American automobile highways. Particularly in the early decades of the twentieth century, automobile maps and mapmakers played a significant role in promoting and developing automobile highways, even as the navigational character of road maps was conditioned by the state of the highways themselves. The completion of an effective highway network subsequently allowed highway mapmakers and sponsors to turn to more fully promotional agendas, chief among which were those designed to equate automobile travel with national citizenship.

Keywords: highways; automobile maps; navigation; mapmakers; automobile travel; national citizenship

Chapter.  20575 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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