Mapping Posts

Mapping Posts due on April 7 by 5pm

This main Google map embedded below presents brief excerpts from George Herring’s study, From Colony to Superpower (2008) in five layers:  Early Republic (1776-1815), Manifest Destiny (1815-1900), World Wars (1900-1945), Early Cold War (1945-1962), and Modern Era (1962-2001).  Several of the individual place marks also contain links to student-created detail maps on important episodes in US diplomatic history.

Student Mapping Posts Due by Friday, April 7, 2019 (5pm)

By Friday, April 7, students will be required to post a custom-made Google Map or a StorymapJS, which they’ve designed with an 800-1,000 word (4 to 5 page) companion essay post that helps document an episode from US diplomatic history.  Students may choose any episode which George Herring covers in his book, From Colony to Superpower (2008).  They should conduct research not only in Herring, but also from other secondary sources.


  • The maps themselves should contain about 8-10 place marks with each one including brief excerpted text from the published narrative (properly cited) along with supporting images or video clips (properly credited).  The place marks should be positioned in correct geographical position and should be arranged in chronological order on the left-hand navigation column.
  • Essay posts should contain a clear thesis statement, while providing background and context on the map in about 800 to 1,000 words (4 to 5 pages).  Students should use Chicago-style footnote citations that cover all of the secondary sources employed in creating text for the placemarks and any other relevant primary or secondary sources used to compose the essay.
  • Late maps will be penalized up to 5 points per day.

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Suggested Placemark Format

LOCATION:  Christiana, PA, site of 1851 resistance // IMAGE:  Effects of the Fugitive Slave Law (lithograph, Library of Congress) // TEXT: “Appearing less than a month after passage of the Fugitive Slave Act [in September 1850], the print [above] shows four well-dressed black men shot down in a cornfield.  Texts from the Bible and the Declaration of Independence adorn the bottom of the print.  The effects of the Fugitive Slave Act, suggests the image, will be the routine murder of black men, whether slave or free, in violation of all humanity.”  (Louis Masur, Civil War (2010), p. 14) //  DOCUMENT– Fugitive Slave Act of 1850:

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