Interactive explorations of history

The University of Oregon's Mapping History site could easily suck up all your productivity for a day or two. Filled with interactive graphs, charts, and timelines, it allows you to explore history in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. The US section is particularly robust, allowing you to trace everything from the development of railroads, to connections between the growth of the cotton and slavery industries, to changes in life expectancy. Fascinating and fantastic.


  1. This has great potential, but really unfortunate that the Latin American and African modules start in the 1800’s.  The respective populations had a deep and rich history prior to the European/Western presence and the privileging of the US (American) and European modules that extend history back way further only serves to reinforce the Western/Eurocentric bias that has plagued and sabotaged our holistic understanding of the world. 

  2. This is very exciting! Especially since I worked on the project! Thanks for the recognition Boing Boing! Maggie Rayfield

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