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Comment: (See photos & read full description, please!) 1991 Univ of Mass, Amherst. HC w/ DJ (unclipped). CLEAN PAGES! NO MARKINGS! This will make a decent reading/working copy. The DJ has some tears to the edges, the pages are a bit "wavy" from storage...but the binding is tight and the cover is solid. Includes 2 transparencies of maps inside the back cover. Priced to sell...enjoy! +++ I do my best to describe the exact condition of all my items so you know exactly what you are buying...I always try to under-promise and over-deliver. +++ *** I aim at 100% Customer Satisfaction and I know that you will not be disappointed with this item. ***
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Historical Atlas of Massachusetts Hardcover – June, 1991

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This handsome, oversized volume is more than just an "album" of maps. It has them in abundance, hundreds of them, from reproductions of 17th-century maps to so phisticated contemporary cartograms, and it uses them to collect in one accessible place information usually scattered through diverse sources. The often complex matters of settlement patterns, population dynamics, economic development, and political trends are here presented with clear graphic simplicity. If you need to know what constituted the colonial triangular trade or where the Lowell mill girls came from, or what the present fertility and mortality rate are, this book pro vides your answer. As in any work of such scope, there are quibbles, such as the pedestrian text and a slight overemphasis on current affairs, but there is also much to commend, especially the diversity of topics covered and the excellent color illustrations. A splendid work, sure to be much consulted in Massachusetts libraries, and worthy of serious consider ation in large libraries elsewhere.
- Charles Michaud, Turner Free Lib., Randolph, Mass.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.


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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Univ of Massachusetts Pr (June 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870236970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870236976
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12.2 x 16.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,243,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By absent_minded_prof on July 7, 2002
If you're a native of this state, this book would be fantastic as a coffee table book, or as part of a library's reference collection. At more than 150 oversized pages, replete with full-color illustrations, it contains vastly more information than one might anticipate. But this doesn't mean the book is confusing -- far from it.
This atlas is organized into two primary sections. First, there is "The Historical Landscape," which focuses mainly upon more hard-nosed ways of viewing the human experience. By this I mean that it deals with political and economic power, and how they were manifested, both in the colonial period and as part of the United States. I hasten to add that this section starts out with a terrific set of maps about the native American presence in Massachusetts, prior to Verrazano, and prior to the Pilgrims. Maps show specifically where the most ancient native settlements were located, shortly after the Ice Age. Moving forward, they help us see how local tribal groups divided up the state territory; they show locations of native villages and footpaths; and detail interactions between tribes and early traders and explorers. The rest of this section breaks up the colonial period via a variety of helpful, cartographic means, such as the spread of towns across the state, and depictions of colonial Boston in various stages. Next, it deals with Massachusetts after the industrial and American revolutions. Demographic trends are helpfully depicted pictorially, such as Boston's burgeoning growth over the decades; the spread of railroads; and the growing number of wage-earners statewide.
The second section of this useful tome tends more toward the "soft sciences," although it is somewhat equivocally entitled "The Political and Social Landscape.
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