Alexander Henderson – “Father of the American Chain Store”

Throughout history, figures have repeatedly been silenced or inevitably forgotten with the passage of time. As consumers of history, it is our job to ask these critical questions about why certain figures have been silenced and how we can highlight the stories of both groups through comprehensive research. For my historic marker project, I chose […]

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Self Reflection

I believe that the biggest lessons I have learned throughout this semester have been to critically analyze history and how technology and history go together. Much of the beginning of the semester was dedicated to us as students taking a step back and thinking more critically about how our history is produced and consumed. We […]

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Blog Post #5

            After having practiced with creating tidy data sets, I have been able to see how tidy data can be used in a plethora of ways by historians as a tool to organize primary sources in their research. The examples that we have observed in class have demonstrated how tidy data sets can help the […]

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Blog Post #4

As I was browsing the historical highway markers for Prince William County, the one that caught my eye was that of Alexander Henderson. This particular highway marker captured my attention because I had no idea who Henderson was and his significance in Virginia’s history. The marker briefly describes the Scottish man’s accomplishments and roles as […]

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Blog Post #3

The three principles of tidy data are that each variable forms a column, each observation forms a row, and each type of observational unit forms a table. All three of these principles make it easier for a researcher to extract certain data points when necessary. The best method that I’ve been able to think of […]

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Blog Post #2

The four literacies that were discussed in class have a significant impact on how historians and scholars go about conducting their research. The literacy of ethics truly struck me as the most important because it requires the historian or scholar to ask difficult questions about the topic they are researching. The researcher must take into […]

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Blog Post #1

After searching myself up on Google, the results were primarily related to a Zambian Supreme Court Justice with a somewhat similar name to mine. The other results that were not about her were either Facebook profiles under the same name or articles about figures with similar names to mine. The only link that appeared that […]

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