Southern Trails and Digital Early American History

“Southern Trails” is a digital portal for Georgia Tech students to present work that explores early American history through the lens of digital technologies.

The United States, the South, and Georgia have a rich, if troubled, early history. Georgians participated and experienced European settlement, the Institution of Slavery, and the forced removal of indigenous peoples; indeed, Georgia and Georgia Tech stand on former Creek and Cherokee lands. Georgians also helped develop new forms of more democratic government as they participated in the creation of new states in the colonial, revolutionary, republican, and reconstruction periods. This portal provides a space for students to explore this rich and complicated history, using innovative technologies to provide new pathways to understand the past.

The first inaugural project in 2021 will be a series of ArcGis StoryMaps based on the Revolutionary soldier Joseph Plumb Martin’s life and times. In 2022, students will present their research on the history of Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery using the OMEKA digital exhibit tool.

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