Promise and Perils of Digital History

In reading the article, Promise and Perils of Digital History, I realize I can relate to the apprehensive and skeptism of the “dawn” of the digital age over 10 years ago. I grew up in the 90s, and my parents got our first computer in 1996.  With the internet being new ‘thing’, and the introduction of AOL, I was excited as many teenagers were at the time. As I got older and went into high school I remember my parents and teachers telling us how easy we had it now and how they were afraid the newer generations will be lost traditional ways of learning and researching.   In today’s digital age for historians I am excited at the amount of data available to us about all subjects, but am aware that all contents on the internet is not always the correct information. I like the idea of being able to now store an unlimited amount of data on computers and different networks, but am also aware of how easy it can be to “lose” or “crash”  lose it all at once. I am also interested in seeing, if years from now, will the accuracy of history, good and bad, be accurate according to how the events folded, not by the accounts of the winners.

I am interested in researching and learning more about:

1. The history of the Weems-Bott museum and it’s alleged hauntings.

2. The history of Puerto Rican’s migration to New York City and their influences on American popular culture.

3. Free African American communities in Virginia before the civil war.

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