Author: Sarah Whitwell
Sarah Whitwell is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at McMaster University. Her research explores the efforts of black women to resist racialized violence in the postemancipation South. You can find her on twitter: @whitwese

My work creating a relational database on incidents of racialized violence in the postemancipation South has involved a great deal of thinking about how we define violence and resistance. Too often these terms are loosely defined – if they are …

Resistance, Racialized Violence, and Database Design (Part 2) Read More »

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It has been a year since I first started working on my relational database. For those who have not been following my journey, I have used my time at the Sherman Centre thus far to construct a relational database that …

The Importance of Narrative Read More »

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I have been working on my relational database for over six months now. I am still inputting new data as I continue to review testimony on racialized violence, but the database is taking shape with hundreds of unique records describing …

DH@Guelph – Visualizing My Data Read More »

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As Matthew Davis explains, a database is useful as a methodological tool because it does not permit ambiguity. This means that all decisions must be documented and justified.[1] To create the schema for my database, I have already made important …

Resistance, Racialized Violence, and Database Design Read More »

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As larger archives of human cultural output are accumulated, historians face a deluge of information. Where scarcity of information was once a common frustration, historians now face the opposite problem. Amidst veritable haystacks, historians must locate the needles and, presumably, …

Interview with Micki Kaufman Read More »

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of History and a Graduate Resident at the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. I will be posting throughout the year, so I want to take this opportunity to introduce …

Building a Database: African American Women and Racialized Violence in the Postemancipation South Read More »

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