May 30, 2020

Historical Data

Spring 2020


Unit I: Getting Started

Week 1: Introduction and Historical Thinking

January 6 and January 8 


In Class:

Week 2: Power in History

January 13 and January 15



In class:

Week 3: Misuse of Computational Methods

January 20 [No Class: MLK Day] and January 22


  1. Gutman, Herbert. Review of Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery by Robert William Fogel, Stanley L. Engerman. The Journal of Negro History Vol. 60, No. 1 (Jan., 1975): The World Two Cliometricians Made: A Review-Essay of F+E=T/C (p53-57)
  2. An Overview of T/C (p57-65)
  3. Select one of the following:
  4. An Archaic Historical Model (p215-227)


  • Reading Response: What went wrong with Time on the Cross, and how is it a lesson for your work going forward? Your reading response should be 500-600 words, and should be published by noon on Tuesday, January 21.

Unit II: Baseline Reading on Reconstruction and Jim Crow

Week 4: Reconstruction

January 27 and January 29


For Monday:

  1. THOMAS, BROOK. “The Unfinished Task of Grounding Reconstruction’s Promise.” Journal of the Civil War Era 7, no. 1 (2017): 16-38.
  2. TAYLOR, JENNIFER WHITMER, and PAGE PUTNAM MILLER. “Reconstructing Memory: The Attempt to Designate Beaufort, South Carolina, the National Park Service’s First Reconstruction Unit.” Journal of the Civil War Era 7, no. 1 (2017): 39-66.
  3. ROSEN, HANNAH. “Teaching Race and Reconstruction.” Journal of the Civil War Era 7, no. 1 (2017): 67-95.

For Wednesday:


Week 5: Jim Crow Freedom’s Lawmakers Planning

February 3 and February 5



Unit III: Computational Approaches to Historical Data

Week 6: Received and Derived Data Sets

February 10 and February 12