This map-by-map guide to the epic history of America was produced in collaboration with the experts at the Smithsonian Institution.
Smithsonian America: The Atlas is a superb depiction of the history of North America and the United States told through extensive photographs and maps, both old and new. In collaboration with experts from the Smithsonian Institution, every corner of the continent is explored in detail—from the early people who first settled the land thousands of years ago to the diversity of the present day. This edition also includes 32 pages of bonus material, including a timeline of American history and a guide to all 50 U.S. states, as well as a large foldout page featuring two detailed full-color maps.
Keidrick Roy received his PhD from Harvard University, where he is a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is an educator, museum exhibition curator, documentary filmmaker, and former military nuclear operations officer. His research explores the intersection of African American history, literature, and political thought from the Revolutionary era to the present. Dr. Roy has curated two major exhibitions at the American Writers Museum in Chicago on Black American figures such as Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Pauli Murray, and Ralph Ellison. He has also curated an exhibition on the Nazi racial state for Harvard’s Houghton Library as a former Visiting Fellow in Twentieth-Century History.
John Stauffer is a leading authority on antislavery, the Civil War era, social protest movements, and photography. He is a Harvard University professor of English and American Literature, American Studies, and African American Studies. His 19 books include The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (2002), Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008), and The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On (2013). Two of his books were national bestsellers and several have won numerous awards. He is the author of more than 50 academic articles, and his essays have appeared in Time, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, and the Washington Post, among other places.
David M. Carballo received his PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is Professor of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Latin American Studies
at Boston University, where he also serves as Assistant Provost of General Education. Dr. Carballo specializes in the archaeology of Latin America, especially central Mexico and with topical interests in households, urbanism, religion, social inequality, and working with contemporary communities in understanding ancient ones.
Clarissa W. Confer received her PhD in history at Pennsylvania State University. She is a professor at California University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses in American Indian history and anthropology. Dr. Confer is the author of Daily Life in Pre-Columbian Native America and other works focusing on social history of Indigenous Americans.
Celso Armando Mendoza received his BA in history from the University of California, Davis, and his MA in Latin American studies from UCLA. A PhD candidate in the history department at Rutgers University, he is a historian of the early colonial Americas and their Indigenous peoples. He is currently writing a doctoral dissertation on Aztec resistance to Spanish tribute in the sixteenth century.
Jon Chandler is a lecturer in history at University College London. His research explores the impact of war on politics, society, and economy in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. His first book—War, Patriotism and Identity in Revolutionary North America—was published in 2020 and explains how new identities emerged from the stresses of the American Revolution. Dr. Chandler is also interested in history education and, in particular, the use of technology in higher education.
Tamara Venit Shelton received her PhD from Stanford University. She is Professor of History at Claremont McKenna College and author of two books: A Squatter’s Republic: Land and the Politics of Monopoly in California, 1850–1900 (University of California Press, 2013) and Herbs and Roots: A History of Chinese Doctors in the American Medical Marketplace (Yale University Press, 2019), which won the Phi Alpha Theta Best Subsequent Book Award. Dr. Venit Shelton’s current research focuses on the social history of medicine, Asian Americans, and the American West in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
Ben Railton is Professor of English and American Studies at Fitchburg State University. He’s the author of six books on American national identity and collective memory, most recently Of Thee I Sing: The Contested History of American Patriotism. Dr. Railton also writes the daily American Studies blog, contributes the bimonthly Considering History column to the Saturday Evening Post, and is a prolific public scholarly Tweeter @AmericanStudier.
This noteworthy atlas effectively invites readers into the interpretive process and, in an approachable academic style, shares with them the historical role of geography in making the country of today.
— Georgia Westbrook