I'm far from the political type, but I do get into "election season" as any normal person should, since it is our duty to educate ourselves on who we plan to vote for. I go back & forth with those who "are sick of hearing about election campaigns & who to vote for" because we are lucky to have the options to do so, so I'd rather deal with dirty campaign commercials than something worse that would take away our freedoms & rights.
But, back to more important things: maps. I was having fun researching old election maps, & came across one of the "first" New York Times "published" election maps. It’s pretty neat, isn’t it? Anytime I see a map from the past, I grow super intrigued by how different our states' shapes appear & what the interpretations of our map once was, & how much our states have changed shape for the various reasons they did. Who knew Massachusetts was about the same size as Pennsylvania? Hilarious.
If you've ever watched the show, "How the States Got Their Shapes," you would find a lot of what the episodes cover are very evident in this election map—did you know that a portion of northern California between Washington state was once going to be a state called, “The State of Jefferson?” That’s so interesting to me. I know it may sound “nerdy” to want to watch this show, but I think this week may spark a special interest in all of us this week to have a little extra American pride & learn about the little shapes of our country. To watch full episodes, click here. Hopefully they have the “Blue vs. Red” episode up & running soon, since that would be the most relevant show to watch this week.
Good luck voting, everyone!