I found this week’s practicum activities really helpful in showcasing the types of tools we can employ as digital historians to visually tell a story that happens over time and across geographic space. I’m really pleased with the look of everything I created. I fully recognize that these are very basic versions of these tools and I would like to explore these tools more in-depth and really see what their advanced functions can do.
Below are the products I created.
Timeline of Jim Crow in Virginia.
I found the spreadsheet tedious to fill in to create the timeline. But I tend to think that way of all spreadsheets, so we’ll chock that up to user bias.
My Story Map
Click here to link to my story map on Early Civil Rights Activism in Virgina for a better view. It bothers me a lot that you can’t see everything in the same screen when it’s embedded in a blog. I know there are ways to make it a little smaller and I played around a little. Is the problem that my pictures are too large?
I found this program to be the trickiest to work with. I was also feeling rather uncreative by the time I was able to start working on this map. I don’t feel that my topic is very well served by these maps or at least I haven’t thought of any data that I feel needs to be mapped and analyzed. I mapped a few points in Alexandria, VA that are important to the area’s African-American history. I focused particularly on black schools that existed in the city. There wasn’t a black high school for Alexandria students until 1950. If black students wanted to continue past 8th grade they had to travel into Washington D.C.