Digital History Project

December 22, 2018 |  Tagged , | Comments Off on Digital History Project

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Digital history projects are a great way to further your education and growth. Many of these projects are designed to be interactive in order to hold the attention of the user. Simply put this means they are a fun way to learn. One such site was created by the Digital Scholarship Lab of the University of Richmond. The Digital Scholarship Lab has created a digital edition of Charles O. Paulin and John K. Wright’s Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States which was first published in 1932. The digital edition of the atlas has reproduced the nearly 700 maps found in the original edition enhanced by twenty-first century technology. The maps cover topics such as natural environment, voting information, and demographics. The digital atlas contains scans of the original maps, as well as, versions that have been georectified to show more accurately the geography it covers.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 When you first enter the site you have a few options. One option is to watch an introductory video on the site and its functionality. I would advise doing this first so you can get an understanding at what you are looking at and decide the types of maps that might interest you to look at. Another option is to immediately enter the atlas and begin seeing the scanned pages. I would not advise this because you will just see scanned versions of maps without much context of what you are looking at. A third option is to look at the table of contents and decide from their what you would like to explore. This is a good thing to do after watching the introductory video because it will give you a little more context. From the table of contents you can choose a chapter that interests you. Some of the interesting chapter options are Exploration in the West and South 1535-1852, Colleges, Universities, and Churches 1775-1890, and Political, Social, and Educational Reforms 1775-1931.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 I chose to look at the chapter titled Political, Social, and Educational Reforms, 1775-1931 first. I then chose to look at the map pertaining to the Woman Suffrage movement. After clicking on the earliest map date available you are taken to scanned version of the map with different places colored indicating states with full suffrage, partial suffrage, and no suffrage. There is an option at the bottom left corner that says Animate. After clicking the Animate button the map goes through each year from 1875-1920 changing colors to show in which year each state changed from no suffrage to partial suffrage to full suffrage. There are many maps with features like this to explore that make it engaging and easy to see the history.     

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