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.
Secession: Virginia and the Crisis of Union, 1861 explores a topic of broad interest as the sesquicentennial of the Civil War approaches: How did the decision to secede–and start the bloodiest conflict in US history–come about?
“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.
“Mining the Dispatch” seeks to explore the dramatic and often traumatic changes in the social and political life of Civil War Richmond, using as its evidence nearly the full run of the Richmond Daily Dispatch from November 1860 to April 1865.
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.
“Redlining Richmond” presents maps and lists of all of the assessment data collected for Richmond, Virginia, and explores how race and racism shaped the HOLC’s assessments of the city’s neighborhoods and the residential security map it produced for Virginia’s capital.
Voting America examines the evolution of presidential politics in the United States across the span of American history.