Blog Archives

Blogs- Keeping the Public Informed

Over the course of the semester, I have been following blogs that cover my own personal historical interests: Ancient World Online (AWOL), Boston 1775, Curator’s Corner, etc. The majority of these blogs posted several times a week regarding new findings,

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New Media and the Use of Visualizations

While reading the articles for this week, I enjoyed the use of visualizations that had been incorporated within the narratives. I believe that the authors, particularly John Branch with “Snow Fall,” did a great job in choosing relevant images and

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Visualizations Readings

This week’s readings dealt with the visualization of data in the humanities and the challenges that are associated with it. In “Visualizations and Historical Arguments,” John Theibault discusses the use of visualizations by historians for the last several centuries. The

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Week 9: Networks

I found “The Other Ride of Paul Revere” by Shin-Kap Han to be an interesting piece for it examines the role of networking in making possible the American Revolution. Two prominent networkers in the Revolution were Paul Revere and Joseph

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Week 8 Exhibits: History of the National Mall

For this week’s assignment, I chose to look at the Histories of the National Mall digital exhibit, created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. On the Histories of the National Mall site, there are four primary

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Week 6 Readings

This week’s readings further explore the strategy of topic modeling that we first learned about in the readings from last week. In “The Quiet Transformation of Literary Studies,” Andrew Goldstone and Ted Underwood discuss the research benefits that scholars experience

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Week 5 Readings

This week’s readings dealt with the issue of text analysis and how this affects historians as they interpret historic sources. In “Topic Modeling Martha Ballard’s Diary,” Cameron Blevins points out how useful topic modeling can be in analyzing historic sources:

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Crowdsourcing Project: Bracero History Archive

For this week’s assignment, I chose to look at the Bracero History Archive. This database collects oral histories and artifacts from the Bracero initiative of the 1940s-1960s. During WWII, the US faced a shortage of manual laborers so it created

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Week Three Readings

What struck me about reading Time on the Cross was how dismissive Fogel and Engerman were toward the horrors of slavery. Declaring that they had collected more data on slaves and the institution of slavery than any other historian, Fogel

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Week 2 Readings

In “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility”, Walter Benjamin argues that the reproduction of art through the use of technology diminishes the aura of the artwork (“the technology of reproduction detaches the reproduced object from

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