Rob Nelson and Scott Nesbit contributed essays to a new book, Apocalypse and the Millennium in the American Civil War Era (Baton Rouge, LSU Press, 2013), edited by Benjamin Wright and Zach Dresser. Nelson’s essay is titled “Spirit Politics: Radical Abolitionists and the Dead End of Spiritualism,” while Nesbit’s is “A Sharecropper’s Millennium: Land and the Perils of Forgiveness in Post-Civil War South Carolina.” The edited volume came out of a conference at Rice University in 2010.
Rob Nelson and Scott Nesbit both spoke at the Southern Historical Association annual meeting. Nelson was part of a roundtable on digital approaches to Southern history where he talked about text-mining and Confederate nationalism. Nesbit was on a panel “The River and the Road: Nature, Culture, and Infrastructure” where he presented a paper on the challenges and opportunities enslaved African Americans faced in seeking freedom in Civil War Virginia. His paper was entitled “Shockoe Shifts: Spatial Changes in Emancipation-Era Richmond.”
The Educause Review has posted an essay by Edward L. Ayers, titled “Does Digital Scholarship Have a Future?”.
Scott Nesbit moderated the panel, “New Media and the Future of Civil War History” at the Gettysburg College conference, The Future of Civil War History: Looking Beyond the 150th.
The Digital Scholarship Lab has been awarded a $750,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the digital atlas of American history project.
“Hidden Patterns of the Civil War” collects a number of interrelated projects on the sectional crisis, slavery, and emancipation during the Civil War era, with a particular emphasis on the histories of the city of Richmond and the state of Virginia. Grouped as “texts” and “maps,” these projects use digital tools and digital media to uncover and represent patterns that are not easy to find when we look at particular pieces of evidence in isolation and only become evident when we visualize a wealth of evidence in graphs, maps, and models. Revealing patterns in text and across time and space, many of these visualizations are intriguing and surprising, offering us new insights into this dramatic era of intense social, political, and military conflict.