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Construct a Temporal or Spatial Narrative

Historians doing digital work have embraced mapping tools such as Neatline and ArcGIS to advance historical arguments. This reflects the so-called "Spatial Turn" in which historians and other scholars took note of how geographic space, landscapes, and time shaped one's self-understanding, national history, and transnational relationships. Indeed, where digital humanists often see hypertextualism as the digital literature scholar's realm, historians have claimed map visualization as one of their digital standard bearers. And as the "Digital History and Argument" white paper suggests, fully explicated visual arguments are one means to bridge the gap between more traditional "analog" historians and scholars working in the "digital" age.

This assignment asks you to create a visual narrative using Story Maps ArcGIS using material from your proposed research projects. Story Maps ArcGIS is an out of the box tool that allows users to create narrative visualizations by weaving together text, maps, and other objects.

  1. Sign up for a Story Maps ArcGIS account https://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/ 
  2. Spend some time reviewing the different sample sites 
  3. Read through "How to Map a Story Map" https://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/how-to/ 
  4. Select "Create a New Story Map" on the Story Map home page. Select a template to structure your story 
  5. Build a very short Story Map (no more than two "pages") with at least the following elements:
  • Narrative text
  • Images
  • Map element (e.g. pin drops, shape drawing, etc).

You should endeavor to advance some kind of argument through your map. We are less interested in the production of a beautiful product than we are having you think about ways to advance an argument visually in conjunction with written text. This assignment is due Feb 22.