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Ernest Dudley Chase "Moore-McCormack Lines Pictorial Map of South America," 1942


Materials in the Library of Virginia’s collections contain historical terms, phrases, and images that are offensive to modern readers. These include demeaning and dehumanizing references to race, ethnicity, and nationality; enslaved or free status; physical and mental ability; and gender and sexual orientation. 


This Document Bank of Virginia resource has two entries; click the titles below to read more.

Prejudice Behind the Beauty

This Document Bank of Virginia entry has been contributed by University of Richmond student Meghann Lewis (LAIS 309- Spanish Writing Workshop, Spring 2017).

The History of "Moore-McCormack Lines Pictorial Map of South America"

This Document Bank of Virginia entry has been contributed by University of Richmond student Victoria Samuel (LAIS 309- Spanish Writing Workshop, Spring 2017).


WHI.14, WHII.1

Suggested Questions

Food for Thought:

  1. Do you think that there was intention behind these prejudices, or was the author truly representing South America in the way that he thought was best?
  2. If you could change anything about this map, what would it be? Why?
  3. How do you think the public would react if this map were published in the modern day? 

Comida para pensar:

  1. ¿Crees que había intención detrás de estos prejuicios o que el autor verdaderamente estaba representando a América del Sur en la manera en que él pensaba que era mejor?
  2. Si pudiera cambiar algo sobre este mapa, ¿qué sería?, ¿por qué?
  3. ¿Cómo crees que el público reaccionaría si este mapa se publicara hoy en día? 

Food for Thought:

  1. Did the upbringing of Ernest Dudley Chase inspire him to paint?
  2. Do the colors of the map have any representation of the region they paint?
  3. Why did Moore-McCormack choose Ernest Dudley Chase to create their maps?
  4. Who were the primary passengers of the cruise lines?
  5. Do the illustrations accurately depict the countries?

Comida para pensar:

  1. ¿La crianza de Chase le inspiró para pintar?
  2. ¿Los colores del mapa tienen alguna representación de la región que referencian?
  3. ¿Por qué Moore-McCormack eligió a Ernest Dudley Chase para crear sus mapas?
  4. ¿Quiénes eran los pasajeros principales de las líneas de cruceros?
  5. ¿Las ilustraciones representan con exactitud los países?