About the Project

I developed this project during History 970: Digital History Seminar at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This digital project visualizes and explores some of the ideas from my in-progress Master's thesis on the Grand Rapids water scandal and its larger meanings in the context of men of the slow adaptation of Progressive ethics.

The Story

In this section of my project, I present my argument and demonstrate the way in which my visualizations may be utilized by scholars and interested users. I divided my analysis in two views, Chronological and Thematic. While these views overlap at points, they both contain unique analysis meant to fit with their individual topics and sub-topics. As the visualizations are the keystone of my project, I have incorporated them into my analysis. In order to avoid require excessive scrolling, I have divided my narrative into collapsible portions so that the reader may further tailor his or her reading to her or his interests.

The Networks

In this section, I layout interactive visualizations for users to explore, hoping that they may better understand my argument as well as form their own conclusions. My visualizations are adapted from tools designed by SIMILE and JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit.

The Sources

I have divided my sources into an archive and a historiographic essay. My project archive is not meant to be comprehensive, but rather more of a works cited page, through which, the user may see the sources used in the direct formation of the visualizations or quoted in my analysis. For practical reasons, I have omitted a large number of sources that have broadly informed my analysis, such as other newspaper articles. Those interested in investigating my complete collection of primary sources should search for my M.A. thesis, which will be published on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Digital Commons upon its completion.

Possessing some understanding of the scholarship on Progressivism and urban corruption is important to fully appreciating my argument, so I have chosen to present a short historiographical essay. Through this essay I hope to provide my argument with necessary context, while also presenting the secondary sources that have influenced my argument in a more valuable way than a list .