"Geography must be Indian geography": geographies and cartographies of the Progressive Era American Subaltern

Authors: Christina Dando*, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Topics: History of Geography, Historical Geography, Human Rights
Keywords: History of geography, history of cartography, historical geography, race
Session Type: Paper
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This paper begins to consider the cartographic cultures and practices of public geographies by Progressive Era subaltern Americans. The Progressive Era (1890-1920) was a time when Americans of a wide range of classes, races, ethnicities, and gender worked towards social and political reform. Geography and mapping were a component of many of these reform efforts. Subaltern Americans (for example, Black and Native Americans) engaged in geography and mapping as part of their work to better their worlds, constructing their own geographic knowledge and circulating geographic counter-discourses to meet the needs of their communities. What geographies did they create? How and where were they published and disseminated? And are they geographies/cartographies of the subaltern or truly subaltern geographies/cartographies?

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