The map of the population distribution of “colored” people is the opposite of the distribution of people with foreign parentage. The largest population of black people is in the
In 1870, Irish and German immigrants are settled in the northern part of the
Illiteracy appears to be widespread with the lowest illiteracy rates in the northernmost states along the
The atlas included a chart with the distribution of church membership. Methodists represent the largest number of members in 1870 followed by Baptists. The
I am sure that no one is surprised that agriculture represented the largest segment of “gainful occupations.”
The Wealth Distribution map was really enlightening. Wealth was primarily distributed in the north and largely concentrated in the northeast. The southern states, based on this map, have significant pockets of poverty.
I then found the Public Indebtedness map most interesting. I wonder what such a map would look like today.
Taxation per Capita seems to be pretty evenly distributed throughout this part of the
According to one chart the public debt of the
The large majority of land at this time is under cultivation. So where are specific crops grown in 1870. Wheat is grown in much of the
More people died of consumption in the northern states than the southernmost states,
The northern states have more cases of deaths from intestinal disease than do the southern states. Typhoid fever is fairly widespread with severe pockets in all parts of the
The charts in the atlas included information about deaf mutes, blindness, insanity and idiocy. These charts are harder to read. I may at some point investigate them to see what they tell about people of the