Monthly Archives: March 2020

Reading Between the Lines When Archiving History: A Necessary Practice or Just Creating Fan Fiction?

In the article The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings Lauren Klein uses the Papers of Thomas Jefferson Digital Edition pay archive service as an example of how archives can tell us stories that aren’t explicitly … Continue reading

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Missing Histories in the Digital Age

Earhart’s point in “Can Information Be Unfettered?: Race and the Digital Humanities Canon” that great loss has already been sustained in the digitization of projects is valid and noticeable especially during this time of digital reliance. Unfortunately, the reality is … Continue reading

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Dorothy Porter’s Confidence and Self Assurance

Dorothy Porter obliged herself to search and recover as many possible texts written about Slavery and African-American History as possible. Her goal was for students, and other members of the Howard University community to be able to access information that … Continue reading

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OWN YOUR PARADIGM: Epistemological Mindfields

In “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings,” Lauren F. Klein discusses a) the types and impact of archival silence, b) the importance of moving beyond traditional methods of analysis and critique to rectify these silences … Continue reading

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What Does it Mean to Revolt? (Helton)

“On Decimals, Catalogs, and Racial Imaginary of Reading” by Laura E. Helton is a history of the archival process of black history. To intervene with an awesome concept in “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings” … Continue reading

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Does auto save mean forever?

There was a lot to unpack in Earhart’s “Can Information be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon”.  As I try to navigate distance learning/online learning for high school United States and World History students, I have noticed more … Continue reading

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Unfettered but No Longevity

Earhart brings up a valid point in “Can Information be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon” about longevity of a digital project on the Internet – that ultimately they too are not forever. There is a lot of … Continue reading

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Princeton Orange and Black: Princeton University's Transparency Project

Can we just take a moment to applaud Princeton University for owning its history; for discussing at lengths, in simple language, its contribution to enslavement. The website is laid out with multiple tabs , all currently working, and the language … Continue reading

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American Bandstand and the Nicest Kids in Town

Project Citation:  “The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia” URL: http://nicestkids.com/nehvectors/nicest-kids/index Summary: “The Nicest Kids in Town” looks at the early history of American Bandstand which is noted … Continue reading

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The Nicest Kids in Town – The First Reality Show for Teens

Growing up in America from 1952 to 1989 meant watching the television show American Bandstand with Dick Clark. The squeaky-clean image of its host Dick Clark and teen dancers helped propel the careers of rock and roll and R&B stars. Watching videos of past shows highlights the difference between the Philadelphia local teens’ neat and conservative dress code and today’s adolescents’ ripped jeans and sloppy sweatshirts. Expecting todays’ attitudes of acceptance … Continue reading

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