Mapping 1850

Upon mapping the places slaves left, where their masters thought they were going to, and where they were eventually caught, several interesting things can be learned from the Telegraph, Standard, and Gazette slave ads. In the Telegraph, slaves left from a more western area, the master proposed that they were traveling east, and they were…

Ngrams for 1850

The Ngrams for the slave ads reveal several interesting features.  Since the Gazette, in 1850, has the largest number of ads, its Ngrams are almost always larger than the other papers.  The only exception to this is the word “negro” in the Standard which is used significantly more than the other papers.  For the word…

Word Count Comparison

Upon analyzing the word frequencies for the Telegraph, the Gazette, and the Standard, there are several interesting conclusions which can be drawn. In an overall comparison of the terms, the newspapers in general tended to use political words like “country”, “law”, “city”, and “government” while the slave ads tended to use descriptive words like “high”,…

Digitial Scholarship: A Tool for Historians

Digital scholarship is a tool for historians that assist them in research, sharing, and critique of their studies. For research, digital scholarship provides access to millions of documents and other forms of evidence in archives of various types, and it provides the tools to analyze this information through various functions such as text analysis and…