We’ve released our latest project! Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all of the atlas’s nearly 700 maps. Many of these beautiful maps are enhanced here in ways impossible in print, animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data—remarkable maps produced eight decades ago with the functionality of the twenty-first century.December 16, 2013
Rob Nelson discusses the History Engine as a model for online pedagogy in Inside Higher Education. Where MOOCs dilute interactions between students and faculty, the History Engine enhances these interactions and harnesses their outcomes for the public good.
Many of these beautiful maps are animated to show change over time or made clickable to view the underlying data— maps produced eight decades ago with the functionality of the twenty-first century.
In spring 2013, we worked with Prof. Suzanne Jones and her students at the University of Richmond to create a map of Literary New Orleans. Students in the seminar pinpointed where these writers set their works and created a timeline indicating when the writers lived in or visited New Orleans.
Visualizing Emancipation is a map of slavery’s end during the American Civil War. It finds patterns in the collapse of southern slavery, mapping the interactions between federal policies, armies in the field, and the actions of enslaved men and women on countless farms and city blocks.
The History Engine is an educational tool that gives students the opportunity to learn history by doing the work—researching, writing, and publishing—of a historian. The result is an ever-growing collection of historical articles or “episodes” that paints a wide-ranging portrait of life in the United States throughout its history and that is available to scholars, teachers, and the general public in our online database.