Introduction to Digital History

One of the courses I’m taking this semester is HIST 5152: Digital History and having looked over the syllabus and engaged with the first week’s readings, I’m both excited and a little intimidated. There are so many great resources and so many different digital tools, which is really invigorating, but there is also so much I don’t know how to do, which has the impostor syndrome rearing its head.

There are 4 blog entries required for this course, which will join this entry under the “Digital History” tag, as will any other posts I write on digital topics. You can quickly access all of the posts with that tag by clicking “Digital History” up on the top menu. I’ve made a link up there to access all of my blog posts for my “Managing History” class this past fall too.

Here are two examples of digital projects I admire:

Mapping Inequality is a powerful way to look at the legacy of redlining in American cities. It is interesting to see what has changed since 1937 in terms of various Philadelphia neighborhoods’ attractiveness but also to ruminate on the power of these “residential security maps” to shape the neighborhoods for generations to come, even as they described the reality before them.

Trump Syllabus 2.0 is not a flashy, visual resource, but connects users to a variety of resources–published texts, news articles, essays, films, podcasts, and even databases–within the format of a syllabus. The result is simple and yet provides windows into far wider paths of inquiry.

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