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Teaching with Digital HumanitiesTools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature$
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Jennifer Travis and Jessica DeSpain

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042232

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042232.001.0001

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Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Archives of Injustice

Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Archives of Injustice

(p.215) 14. Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Archives of Injustice
Teaching with Digital Humanities

Edward Whitley

University of Illinois Press

Ed Whitley’s chapter describes a project in which students study the curatorial work of Harriet Beecher Stowe in The Key to “Uncle Tom’s Cabin alongside current examples of digital activism to understand how groups mobilize and share information to effect change. Students “reverse engineer” the composition of Uncle Tom’s Cabin by searching through digital archives of abolitionist texts and images to discover how Stowe’s inclusion of some materials and exclusion of others shaped her novel. Students then consider how social activists similarly sort, organize, select, and reject the documentary record of social injustice appearing online in real-time. As students compare historical periods and media forms, they reflect on the processes through which texts are created, disseminated, structured, stored, and used to change the world.

Keywords:   digital humanities pedagogy, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Twitter, archive, social justice, digital activism, activism, Black Lives Matter, abolitionist, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, curation

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