Digital history is an approach to examining and representing the past that takes advantage of new communication technologies such as computers and the Web. It draws on essential features of the digital realm, such as databases, hypertextualization, and networks, to create and share historical knowledge.
Digital history complements other forms of history and acquires its strength and methodological rigour from this form of human understanding while also using the latest technology.
On Dec. 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Ala. In “The Politics of Children’s Literature,” Herbert Kohl deconstructs the myth of a meek and tired Rosa Parks and a spontaneous boycott. Students are invited to hear first hand accounts from Parks herself and are given a context for the community organized efforts and steadfast determination that was the reality of this well known but largely mis-represented chapter in the history of the civil rights movement. Here is Kohl’s article: http://bit.ly/dLCyZ0 and resources for teaching about the true story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott: http://bit.ly/WAqLq8 Image: Rosa Parks at a desegregation workshop at Highlander Folk School in Tennessee in July of 1955 (six months before the boycott.) Also in photo: Septima Poinsette Clark, F.D. Patterson, C.H. Parrish. From the Civil Rights Digital Library: http://bit.ly/1bAtVqu