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Mapping the Places Referenced by 224 State of the Union Speeches

If you're into place names and the history of presidential politics, we have just the map for you.
January 23, 2015, 8am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Using natural language processing algorithms followed by hand corrections, Mitch Fraas andf Benjamin Schmidt "have combed through these 224 State of the Union addresses and identified 16,408 mentions of 1,410 different places. Plotted on a map, the results reveal how American presidents have seen their nation and their world."

Proceeding through the map's chronologic cycle, the country's increasingly global purview manifests strikingly throughout the 1800s before subsiding in the 20th century.

The article also includes breakdowns by continent and global region by outside experts (like Dael Norwood, Dael an assistant professor of history at Binghamton University). A section focusing on the speeches of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is also included.

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Published on Thursday, January 22, 2015 in The Atlantic
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