Writing Race and Education History on the Web

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Thanks to Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown University, for inviting Matt Delmont (Arizona State University), Esther Cyna (with Ansley Erickson at Teachers College, Columbia University), and me to present work from our digital book projects on November 4th, 2016. See notes and links on our public Google Doc, my presentation slides, plus this video recording of our session.

Abstract: This panel contrasts how historians of race and education are authoring three digital books on the web, which raises provocative questions about the future of scholarly communication. Historian Matthew Delmont created open-access companion websites to accompany both of his recent books published by the University of California Press: The Nicest Kids in Town (http://NicestKids.com/) and Why Busing Failed (http://WhyBusingFailed.com). Jack Dougherty and his contributors are creating On The Line: How Schooling, Housing, and Civil Rights Shaped Hartford and its Suburbs, a digital-first, open-access book with interactive maps and oral history videos, under contract with Amherst College Press (http://OnTheLine.trincoll.edu). Ansley Erickson and Esther Cyna and their colleagues are producing Educating Harlem, a digital history project in two interconnected parts that mix elements of traditional publishing with web-based open-access scholarship.