By Karen M. Morin
Validated in 1851, the yankee Geographical Society (AGS) is the oldest specialist geographical association within the usa, and used to be the pre-eminent such society within the nineteenth century. This e-book explores how geographical wisdom and practices took form as a civic company through the AGS, lower than the management of Charles P. Daly, its president for 35 years (1864-1899). It hyperlinks the beliefs and programmatic pursuits of the AGS to the large institutional, societal, and spatial contexts that elevated curiosity in geography within the post-Civil struggle interval (such as quick U.S. territorial enlargement and linked immigration patterns), in addition to to Charles Daly's personal social geography-his own subjectivity and position as long island civic chief, student, respected long island pass judgement on, and particularly, popularizer of geography. Daly's management in a couple of civic and social reform reasons resonated heavily together with his paintings as geographer, comparable to his impact in tenement housing and road sanitation reform in manhattan urban. He additionally eager about extra advertisement initiatives, together with in American railroad improvement and colonization of the African Congo. The ebook examines and gives insights into this wide selection of pursuits, in addition to his influential function in selling early Arctic explorations in long island. total, it highlights how Daly's light, patrician character, shaped by means of an Irish operating category history and deep experience of upward mobility, mixed together with his respected mind and well known criminal judgements, and particularly his own stake in several advertisement agencies, all trained the geographies he and his AGS colleagues produced. via telling the tale of nineteenth century AGS and Charles Daly, this publication presents a severe appraisal of the position of specific actors, associations, and practices fascinated by the advance and promoting of geography within the mid-19th century U.S. that's lengthy past due.
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While Daly received a great deal of public praise for his work on behalf of those in need, in this chapter I raise questions about some of the personal motivations for his civic agenda, and for use of AGS venues to promote them. ” This chapter focuses on Daly’s geographical work in North and Central America, detailing his involvement with companies influential in the development of two important, large-scale transportation systems: the Northern Pacific Railway Company (NPR) in the western United States, and the Nicaragua Canal Company, a company that competed for, but ultimately lost, the rights to build a shipping canal across Central America at Nicaragua.
22 During the 1860s, when the Civil War halted much of the society’s activities, the most active subcommittees worked on “statistical projects” dealing broadly with fisheries; cotton production and manufacture; iron, gold, and silver; soils; and so on. At this juncture, “statistical projects” involved the counting and enumerating of resources and populations in the form of figures, tables, and numbers, although not involving any manipulation of those numbers. The content of the society’s publications and lectures also attests to its statistical interests.
40 After Michael Robinson, The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006). H. Knott “Charles Patrick Daly,” Dictionary of Biography 5 (1973): 41–42; Hammond’s Maria Daly, Diary of a Union Lady 1861–1865, especially xl–xli; Miklos Pinther, “Charles Patrick Daly 1816–1899,” Ubique: Notes from the American Geographical Society 23 (2, 2003): 1–4; and Barry Ryan’s law entry on Daly in John Garraty, ed. : Oxford University Press, 1999). As to Daly’s family genealogy, see “New York Celebrities, Chief Justice Daly,” The Sun, 3 January 1885.