Adams Synchronological Chart or Map of History
I have a love-hate relationship with the Adams Synchronological Chart. First, the love: this chart is hand-drawn and absolutely beautiful! And, at 17 feet long, it is easily the most detailed and most ambitious timeline ever made.
On the flip side, it is not the best chart for teaching world history. And here is the reason – This chart was made in 1871. That’s right, 1871! Although there are several versions out there that bring it forward to the 21st century, 98% of the chart is exactly the same as it was when it was made in the Victorian period. Not only is it based on a young earth creationist literal view of the Bible, it’s also extremely Eurocentric, full of outdated facts, and it even incorporates racist ideology.
Bottom line: While this is great novelty piece, please don’t use it to teach history. This site has several up-to-date charts that are much better for that purpose. If you do want to purchase it, it is quite cheap (especially considering its size) due to the fact that the copyright on it has long since expired. You can buy it on Amazon using the link below.