Discovering 1919 Blogs

The class will build  Discovering 1919, a website that explores and interprets the year 1919.  The website will be built using WordPress, a blogging platform.

Each student will select three events to work on during the semester.  We will hold a “draft” in Week 2 to assign the events. Students must select at least one event from the categories “Race,” “Labor” or “Radicalism.”

Event Blogs

Students will write three blog posts totaling at least 6,000 words,  accompanied by visuals and a bibliography. Posts for major events can be longer, but no post should be shorter than 1,000 words. Research should be conducted using newspapers from 1919, other primary sources, and secondary works by scholars.

  • What happened? Your post should lay out the event or series of events. Where did they take place? What people or groups were involved? How did different people react to the event at the time?
  • Why was it important? How does the event fit in with what you are learning about 1919? What were the underlying causes and results of the event?
  • Where can people find more information? Look for other quality digital resources on this event, or places where the reader can find more context. Provide this in an annotated format.
  • Use WordPress’s Categories and Tags to add metadata to your post.
  • Set the date of the post to the date of the event. 
  • Each post must include visual materials. These can take the form of a slide show or gallery of photographs, photographs inserted in-line in the blog post, embedded video or film, or visualizations you created to enrich the post. These visuals should be relevant to the content of the post.
  • Select one visual as the “Featured Image” for your post.
  • Each visual must include a caption. Captions must identify the visual (description, date, and source) and if needed provide a connection to the blog post. These words are not included in the blog count.
  • Cite your sources using the Chicago Manual of Style. Create footnote numbers in your post that link to the bibliography below. All visuals must include sources within the caption. These words are not included in the blog count.
  • Ensure that you have used good sourcesvaried newspaper coverage, scholarly secondary sources, and at least one primary source. These can be documents, film or audio files, photographs of objects, buildings, or events.
Add your post to the Map

Add map point(s) for your post to the Discovering 1919 Google Map.

  • Select the best map point(s)
  • Select an image
  • Write a short title
  • Add a link to your blog post.
Add your post to the Timeline

Add your post to the Timeline JS timeline on the Discovering 1919 timeline.

  • Select an image
  • Write a title
  • Write a short summary of the event
  • Add a link to your blog post.

Due dates:

  • February 18 – Draft of one event
  • March 14 – Draft of one event (must have completed the event for the Historiography Story Map)
  • April 15 – Draft of one event
  • April 29 – Final versions of all three posts due.