Being able to interact with history is one of the best ways for students and the general public to create meaningful connections between the present and the past. Our present is one of social distancing and online learning, causing many to enter the digital sphere to interact with history rather than going to museums or historical sites. Luckily, there are a plethora of online sources for people to use. One of the challenges is wading through and figuring out which sources can be trusted and are actually engaging.
Since my special interest is in African-American History, I propose to create a website using Word Press that gathers together digital projects centered around African-American History. I will provide a description of each project, examples of how they can be used in a classroom setting as well as general outreach for the public, and resources for those who want to delve deeper into specific subtopics presented in each project.
One of the most well known examples is the Slave Voyages website that gathers together sources from around the world about global slave trades. The project is the result of decades of independent research and collaboration between universities and is continuing to be updated. On my website I would talk about the different resources available (such as the interactive maps and 3D models of ships) and how to best navigate the site, as it can be overwhelming at first.
There are a few websites already that have collected digital projects about African-American History, but they are usually geared towards an academic audience rather than the general public. My project would seek to close this gap.