Maps and Charts
The Illustrated Atlas, and Modern History of the World by R. M. Martin and J. and F. Tallis (New York: J. and F. Tallis, 1851). Other information was gathered from The Jerry Rescue (Syracuse: Onondaga Historical Association, 1924) by Earl E. Sperry and from plate number 123 from the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States (Washington, D.C., and New York: Carnegie Institution of Washington and the American Geographical Society of New York, 1932) by Charles O. Paullin. The black arrows indicate the general routes of the Underground Railroad throughout the U.S. The broken red line is the international boundary between the United States and Canada. The yellow-and-black line delineates the boundary between the free and slave states in 1850.
The items in numbered yellow triangles represent the following locations:
Plate number two entitled Map of the State of New York from the Atlas of the State of New York (New York: J. Bien, 1895).
The numbered locations represent the following towns:
Jerry Rescue Sites (denoted by the numbers in white triangles)
Other Important Syracuse Locations (denoted by the numbers with green flags)
In 1852, the number of wards in the city of Syracuse doubled from four to eight. The maps above depict the eight ward boundaries from 1855. The white, black, and voting populations are depicted in these eight wards. The white population is evenly distributed, while the black population is concentrated in ward eight. Even in 1855, there is only a very small percentage of people who vote versus the number of people who are eligible to vote. The total population figure includes women, people of color, and men who have not met the requirements of the voting laws:
The existing qualifications of voters are, to white males of the age of 21 years, citizenship at least 10 days, a resident in the State of one year, in the country four months, and in the election district of thirty days. To Persons of color, the possession of a freehold worth $250 is also required.
The population figures for whites, blacks, and voters are from the state census of New York for 1855.
Population characteristics of Syracuse city wards, 1855. This map
Voting in Syracuse city wards, 1855. This map shows the total population versus the eligible voters and is broken down further by voters who were born in the city and those who were born in foreign countries. The map appears stretched due to the projection of the data used in creating it.
Birds-eye view of Syracuse (New York: Smith Brothers and Company, 1852).The artist was Lewis Bradley, and the lithographer was D. W. Moody. This hand-colored lithograph was presented to the Special Collections Research Center at Syracuse University Library by Leslie O. Merrill in 1998.
All of these maps were prepared by John Olson, the geographic information systems librarian, and Bonnie Ryan, the African American studies librarian, of Syracuse University Library.
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