Monthly Archives: October 2021

Representing primary sources as data can help observers comprehend the information associated with the source. For example, for our most recent project, we were instructed to log historical data of donations made in the late 18th century and early 19th century. Organizing the information as data would help readers comprehend the text more easily. Some people may have difficulty reading the original cursive handwriting. In addition, having the data logged into a spreadsheet helps people notice trends and make associations within the dataset. For example, multiple donations listed by the same donor could be split into multiple pages in the primary source. However, when placing data in a spreadsheet, related content can be output on the same page. The donor data could be displayed in graphs that focus on given variables. For example, graphs could be used to visualize the location of origin of the donors. They could also be…

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The historical marker that I chose is near the intersection of Hunter mill road and Chain Bridge road, in the Reston/Vienna area. The marker was a channel for troops representing both the union and the confederate armies. Water and farmland were available to support the troops. There were local farmers that personally supported either the confederate or union soldiers. Due to the support of both sides of the conflict, there was tension in the region. Due to the popularity of foraging in this region, from both armies, the land was damaged. The harm to the fertility of the soil lasted for decades. Food extraction diminishes soil fertility, so the soil needs time to recover from the foraging of at least several dozen troops.  I chose this historical marker for a few reasons. First of all, the proximity to my home is convenient. In addition, I find the landscape to be…

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