A Map Promoting Peace and Tolerance
"A Friendship Map",
Subject: United States
Period: 1956 (dated)
Color: Printed Color
37.8 x 27.8 inches
96 x 70.6 cm
This large, pictorial map of the United States was issued by Friendship Press, the publishing arm of the National Council of Churches. It is densely filled with illustrations showing natural resources, industries, and the various nationalities that settled in a given region. Four insets and numerous illustrations surround the main map including the "Makers of the U.S.A." A text border of notable citizens includes Thomas Jefferson, Henry Ford, Cyrus McCormick, and Samuel Morse to name a few. Friendship Press produced a number of maps of various parts of the world that were designed to promote peace and tolerance. This map was created by artist Louise E. Jefferson, who became the first African American to hold a director position at a publishing firm when she was promoted to Artistic Director at Friendship Press in 1942. Jefferson illustrated numerous books for Friendship Press, including several about race, Africa, and African culture, such as Ethel J. Alpenfels Sense & Nonsense about Race (1938). Jefferson's imprint appears between the insets of Alaska and Hawaii.
A clean and bright example, issued folding, with a couple of tiny fold separations along the edges of the sheet.