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HIS 359 – Revolutionary America

In this course, students will complete three digital humanities projects: 1. Guest curating the Adverts 250 Project (https://adverts250project.org):  see Guest Contributors page for examples of work done by students in an earlier semester; 2.  Curating the Slavery Adverts 250 Project (https://twitter.com/SlaveAdverts250); 3.  In collaboration with the American Antiquarian Society, transcribing early nineteenth-century ballads using T-PEN software and completing basic TEI encoding to make original source material keyword searchable and more accessible for scholars and general audiences.  This is an ongoing phase of the Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project (http://americanantiquarian.org/thomasballads/). This is a Community Service Learning Project. All students will also develop their skills as public speakers by making formal research presentations at the 2017 Undergraduate Symposium.

Students interested in a variety of careers may be interested in this course, including history, public history, digital humanities, law and constitutional studies, communications, journalism, media technology, advertising, economics, business studies, library studies, information technology, computer science, and any field that requires using technology to sort through large amounts of data to identify and select information relevant to answering a question or solving a problem.

Prerequisites: None