Week One Class Readings, Exercises, and Assignments

Week 1 (9/1-9/5)

For Monday’s class:

  • Complete Blog Exercise, “On Considering the Digital”
  • Read your classmates’ blog posts.

In Monday’s class:

  • Blog exercise discussion and review

For Wednesday’s Class:

  • View The Civil War, episode 1 (streaming video available in course Moodle site)

In Wednesday’s Class:

  • Discussion of documentary
  • Introduction to transcription, part 1

For Friday’s class:

  • Read the Robert Bonner Introduction to The Soldier’s Pen: Firsthand Impressions of the Civil War. (available on this site via “Assigned Readings” link – this page is password protected, so you will need the password in order to access the readings.)

In Friday’s Class:

  • Discussion of reading
  • Introduction to transcription, part 2

Assignment due:

  • Blog #1, “On Material and Digital Archives” (by 11pm)


Welcome to Humanities 100: Digging into the Digital! This new course is designed as a project-based introduction to digital humanities tools and methods of analysis.

James Merrill Linn

James Merrill Linn

Our subject this term is James Merrill Linn, one of the first graduates at Bucknell (class of 1855) and a captain in the Grand Army of the Republic during the American Civil War. Linn’s family left his life papers to Bucknell’s Archive. Because of the sheer quantity of notes, diaries, letters, drawings, business accounts and documents we can only focus on a small sliver of Linn’s life. We will therefore address a period of two months during 1862 when Linn took part in a military campaign in North Carolina under the leadership of General Ambrose Burnside.

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