Continuation of our exploration of maps. How do digital maps change our historical perspectives? What new questions can maps raise?
- Read: Richard White, “What is Spatial History?”, Stanford University (2010)
- Read: Edward L. Ayers & Scott Nesbit, “Seeing Emancipation: Scale and Freedom in the American South,” Journal of the Civil War Era, Vol 1 No 1 (2011): 3-24 [pdf]
- Explore: Visualizing Emancipation
- Explore: Animal City
- Explore: A Cutting Edge Second Look at the Battle of Gettysburg, Smithsonian Magazine
Begin to gather relevant geo-spatial information about your trials.
Final Blog Post due Saturday, December 3rd by 5pm.
Prompt: For your last post, I’d like to see your “spatial history” thinking skills. For this post you are going to need to create and embed a map and analyze what it’s telling you about some aspect of history. You can use either 1) the map of homicides by ethnicity in Chicago that you created in class OR 2) a map you create from scratch related to your topic. If you choose to make your own map about your topic, please map at least 5 points of interest. On your blog, please embed the map and discuss:
- What does this map tell you about the subject matter that is new or interesting to you?
- Why it is revealing?
- What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of this type of visualization?
- What questions does this map answer and what new questions does it raise?
- How might a similar visualization help you with your final project?
These are just sample questions; the goal here is to think critically about your map and try to analyze what it’s telling you. You must embed your map in your post.
Posts should be 400-500 words; they should be written in a semi-formal scholarly style (with complete thoughts and correct spelling, grammar, and syntax). Partial responses (including responses that fail to meet the minimum word length or clearly fail to answer the prompt) will receive partial credit. Late posts will lose points.