By Karen M. Morin

the yankee Geographical Society was once the pre-eminent geographical society within the nineteenth-century U.S. This ebook explores how geographical wisdom and practices took form as a civic firm, less than the management of Charles P. Daly, AGS president for 35 years (1864-1899). The beliefs and programmatic pursuits of the AGS hyperlink to vast institutional, societal, and spatial contexts that drove curiosity in geography itself within the post-Civil battle interval, and in addition hyperlink to Charles Daly's own position as long island civic chief, pupil, respected big apple pass judgement on, and particularly, popularizer of geography. Daly's management in a few civic and social reform motives resonated heavily together with his paintings as geographer, resembling his impression in tenement housing and highway sanitation reform in big apple urban. Others of his initiatives served advertisement pursuits, together with in American railroad improvement and colonization of the African Congo. Daly was once additionally New York's so much influential entry aspect to the Arctic within the latter 19th century. via telling the tale of the nineteenth-century AGS and Charles Daly, this e-book presents a severe appraisal of the function of specific actors, associations, and practices inquisitive about the advance and promoting of geography within the mid-nineteenth century U.S. that's lengthy overdue.

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