American Panorama: An Atlas of United States History

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By Digital Scholarship Lab, University of Richmond

American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps.”

Go to: American Panorama

American Panorama is an ongoing project… check back for more maps!

Maps - 

  • Renewing Inequality: Family Displacements through Urban Renewal, 1950-1966 -

“Renewing Inequality presents a newly comprehensive vantage point on mid-twentieth-century America: the expanding role of the federal government in the public and private redevelopment of cities and the perpetuation of racial and spatial inequalities. It offers the most comprehensive and unified set of national and local data on the federal Urban Renewal program, a World War II-era urban policy that fundamentally reshaped large and small cities well into the 1970s.”

  • Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America, 1935-1940 -

Mapping Inequality introduces viewer to the records of the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation on a scale that is unprecedented. Here you can browse more than 150 interactive maps and thousands of “area descriptions.” These materials afford an extraordinary view of the contours of wealth and racial inequality in Depression-era American cities and insights into discriminatory policies and practices that so profoundly shaped cities that we feel their legacy to this day.”

  • The Executive Abroad, 1905-2016 -

The Executive Abroad maps the international trips of presidents and secretaries of state.”

  • The Forced Migration of Enslaved People, 1810-1860 -

“The decades between the banning of the international slave trade in 1808 and the abolition of slavery during the Civil War saw the massive and harrowing relocation of approximately 850,000 enslaved men, women, and children…”

  • The Overland Trails, 1840-1860 -

“During the 1840s tens of thousands of American migrants made long journeys through the American West seeking land in Oregon, gold in California, and religious liberty in Utah.”

  • Foreign-Born Population, 1850-2010 -

“This map uses census data to visualize the evolving places immigrants came from and where they came to from the mid-nineteenth century to today.”

  • Canals, 1820-1860 -

“This map not only shows the places canals linked together but the hundreds of types of and millions of tons of commodities that moved back and forth along them.”


Created by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Richmond.