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Cool Maps

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 12:22 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Strange Maps has two maps showing cotton-picking in the 1860’s and picking a President in the 2008 election. Be sure to scroll down to where the maps are shown overlaid.

Pretty cool if you like history.


23 Responses to “Cool Maps”

  1. I would love to see the same map, only comparing to 2004 and 2000.

    Oiram (983921)

  2. Comment by Oiram — 11/17/2008 @ 12:53 pm

    For voting, or cotton production?

    Another Drew (a9bf4b)

  3. For Coca Cola Consumption…….. no voting of course.

    Oiram (983921)

  4. Is it Coke, or Pepsi?
    For Texans, we have to also ask about Dr.Pepper.

    Or: Bud v Coors?
    Now there is a definitive breech in the electorate.

    Another Drew (a9bf4b)

  5. Did you see the overlay that someone produced with those two (1860, 2008) maps?

    Another Drew (a9bf4b)

  6. Cotton picking Democrats!

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  7. Racist

    Patterico (fee5ad)

  8. Damn. Patterico beat me to that one. Granted, it was fatter than a hanging Zambrano slider while on tilt in Game 3 vs. the Dodgers.

    JD (b96a9e)

  9. Heh!

    daleyrocks (5d22c0)

  10. Comment by JD — 11/17/2008 @ 1:31 pm

    Yes, but it was a half-hearted denunciation.
    Notice the absence of an “!”.

    Another Drew (a9bf4b)

  11. So, are we saying that the map denotes generations of blacks that simply have never migrated?

    Icy Truth (aedb2f)

  12. It is not quite the same without the exclamation mark, Patterico.


    JD (b96a9e)

  13. I saw a map that showed voting by county in Red and Blue votes. I noted the swath through the south and along the Mississippi. Now, with these two maps overlayed it makes sense. Very good.

    lynndh (975d26)

  14. Icy Truth #11

    This is probably the case. I remember reading somewhere that populations tend to stay put, even over hundreds or thousands of years, unless acted upon by some extraordinary historical event, like the inexpressibly sad slave trade.

    However, even after that, people are people and the vast majority of people live and die within 50 miles of their place of birth.

    Pious Agnostic (b2c3ab)

  15. Comment by Pious Agnostic — 11/17/2008 @ 2:57 pm

    The March of Progress.
    Before the advent of the automobile, that number (at least for the United States) was 25 miles.

    Another Drew (a9bf4b)

  16. I denounce that analysis; and the fact that I am typing this inside the house where my parents have lived since 1971 is coincidence that proves nothing!

    Icy Truth (aedb2f)

  17. It’s funny how no one here seems to care what that map would of looked like in 2000 and 2004.

    You think it might of looked more or less the same and that possibly Blacks are not as racist as the map suggests?

    Sure 90% voting for Obama is high. But what was it pre-Obama? Voting Democrat that is?

    Why they would vote Democrat is beyond me………

    Get back to me on the reverse racist card when Blacks overwhelmingly vote for a Black Republican candidate…….. I know, I know fat chance of that ever happening…… (I’m guessing your thoughts on that last statement).

    Oiram (983921)

  18. I know, I know fat chance of that ever happening……

    What is so far fetched about that idea?

    JD (b96a9e)

  19. #18 Great JD, I’m all for Blacks voting for the right man for the job.

    Find the right man and they’ll vote for him or her.

    I was just guessing your feelings, guessed wrong I guess.

    Obama or no Obama they have been voting Democrat though.

    Power to the people.

    Oiram (983921)

  20. Oiram,

    Yes, it is true that blacks vote overwhelmingly Democratic, even when given a black Republican to vote for (e.g. Lynn Swan (sp?) But we have a test in the last primaries, when given the choice between a white woman , married to a man who had been extremely closely associated with black issues, Blacks chose race. Or let’s look at Colin Powell and Conda(sp??) Rice, both of whom owe their careers to Republicans. Powell betrayed McCain, Rice was practically giddy at her NOv 5 presser.

    Now, I don’t see anything wrong with this. There is something to be said for positive racial solidarity. I want that standard applied to whites also.

    Mitchell Young (9b3ebd)

  21. So what is the location correlation between Obama voters and those who report they have been abducted by aliens?

    Perfect Sense (9d1b08)

  22. Oiram,

    I’d like to see a comparison of the maps of the 2000 and 2004 elections, too, but it wouldn’t make these maps any less interesting. As others noted above, what interests me is that this graphically suggests rural Americans seem to stay in the same areas for generations.

    DRJ (a50047)

  23. Hey Oiram,

    Who here accused blacks of being racist?

    Icy Truth (aedb2f)

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