Resources: A Map of American Slavery – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com

Today, it’s not unusual to find maps with shading to indicate population statistics, but in 1860, this was a very innovative feature.  In the link below, you’ll see a link to an 1860 census of American slaves, which helps us to understand basic demographics of the era, but is also of interest to those of us who study language variation.

A Map of American Slavery – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com.

This is part of a series in the New York Times called Disunion, which you can also follow on Facebook.  Thanks to the blog Sociological Images for directing me towards this series.

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About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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