Course Description

By bringing the stories of individuals, communities, and companies to the forefront, the course will reveal the industrialization of an expanding America during the Second Industrial Revolution, circa 1870-1914. Issues such as population and community growth, social and worker welfare, and transportation coincide with these boons of technology and evolving industry. While this era and its issues are often broadly covered in texts, this course will offer local perspectives by delving into regional collections of primary resources. Industrialization and urbanization reshaped the American experience, but often missing is the micro-level perspective. Students will conduct research and create digital projects to tell the stories of their communities during the Second Industrial Revolution. The course will provide opportunities to curate and communicate local and regional history in a digital medium and encourage critical thinking about the digital liberal arts.