Editors’ Choice: Digital History and Historical Argumentation

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Is argumentation in digital history different? how is it the same? Argumentation in digital history is not innately different from argumentation found in other forms of history. If you want to reach historians, write for historians. The signposting of historiography and/or historical context helps other historians to understand where your argument fits in the larger disciplinary conversations.

In “Revisiting “A Kind of Memo” from Casey Hayden and Mary King (1965),” I used a digital tool, Juxta, to pinpoint differences between an archived copy of a historical document and the far better know published version. I first anchored the essay in an extremely familiar historiography before offering my particular intervention. Similarly, in “Under This Name She is Fitly Described”: A Digital History of Gender in theHistory of Woman Suffrage a computational analysis of the six-volume text, I connected my argument to the work of suffrage historian Ellen Dubois, as well as Joan Scott’s point that gender was originally a linguistic concept.

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