Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Building the Digital Lincoln website

In this bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln's birth, historians continue to offer rich new insights into the life and times of the nation's 16th president. The September number of the Journal of American History is a special issue--"Abraham Lincoln at 200: History and Historiography," with a number of insightful essays.

In addition, the Journal of American History has partnered with the House Divided Project at Dickinson College, under the direction of Professor Matthew Pinsker to create a fascinating web resource titled "Building the Digital Lincoln."

According to the site, which features a variety of digital texts, dynamic maps, and visual data,

"This special resources site offers a snapshot of how historians and digital humanists have helped to build a new understanding of Abraham Lincoln with a series of innovative and powerful Web-based tools. Their contributions during the decade preceding the Lincoln bicentennial have significantly altered the landscape of Lincoln scholarship by widening and deepening access to a vast array of primary sources. The result has been a more finely detailed portrait of President Lincoln, his relationships, and his career’s most pivotal moments."