The world showing its great river systemsby Sarah Sophia Cornell
Sarah Cornell wrote many pedagogic texts, publishing under her initials rather than her full name. Her many atlases "were seen everywhere in [the nation's] little red schoolhouses," according to a piece of publisher's puffery on the back of one of her history texts. This double-hemisphere world map has a simple design so as not to overwhelm students with details. The questions at left are teaching tools, along with informative insets of world economic production, comparative mountain elevations (with smoky keys to volcanoes), and comparative river lengths.
Sarah Sophia Cornell produced numerous atlases and geographies for Appleton. For today’s perspective, her achievements are astonishing given the fact that she lived for only sixteen years.