American Slavery — Echoes of the Past

Using georeferencing and ArcGIS to understand how slavery impacts social mobility today

This was an assignment for SWRK 730: Community Mapping at the University of Pennsylvania. The task was to spatially digitize a historical image, bringing it together with a modern geospatial image.

Figure 1: Slavery Density based on 1860 Census. Library of Congress.

I chose the 1861 Atlantic Slave Trade map, currently held in the Library of Congress. The…