Susan Schulten

Susan Schulten


Susan Schulten is professor and chair of the history department at the University of Denver, where she has taught since 1996. She is the author of Mapping the Nation: history and cartography in nineteenth-century America and The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950. Professor Schulten earned her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her research on maps.

Session: Understanding the Civil War through Maps

Politics & Service | Friday, Nov 11, 2016

The approach of the Civil War generated tremendous investment in maps, as both the Union and the Confederacy raced to gather intelligence for an armed conflict. Political and military maps of strategy reveal that Union victory was anything but inevitable. Maps for the home front powerfully shaped how Americans understood the geography and meaning of the crisis. Moreover, the war modernized mapping in a way that has profound implications for our own time. One hundred and fifty years later, join us in excavating the complex history of the Civil War.