In this course, you will be working on a collaborative research project exploring Abraham Lincoln in American Memory. For this assignment you will work two other members of the class to research a specific type of memory site associated with Abraham Lincoln. You will publish the results of your collaborative research on this blog, plotting the sites of memory with the help of Google Maps and linking them to posts that describe and analyze the site according to the methodology of learned throughout the course. Our course assignment will be completed in honor of the 150th anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 15, 2015.
When memory sites are assigned, you should engage in individual research into your assigned topic. During the week after spring break, you should arrange to meet with your group to discuss a plan for your research. You will decide whether group members will create individual posts, or combine research in a long collaborative post. Some sites, like Ford’s Theater, will focus on one specific location and may warrant a single long post. Others, like Lincoln statues, will be connected to multiple locations and will be better served by multiple posts, one for each different statue. Whatever the case, groups should be actively communicating and sharing research, and checking other research being posted to the site, in order to identify interconnections and avoid redundancy (i.e. someone focusing on Lincoln statues should not write on the Lincoln Memorial as it is a separate site).
After your groups settle on your approach to the memory sites, you should plot your locations on the Google map. An invitation to edit the map and instructions on how to do so will be distributed via email. Primary sites should be plotted by no later than Friday, March 27. These points can be edited and updated, so please post points as soon as possible, then make changes accordingly. Each map location will include a brief introduction to the site in question and a link to the blog post featuring the accompanying research and analysis.
We will be engaged together in the process of generating an accretive site of Lincoln memory throughout the semester. It will be important and productive for you to enhance your own contributions as much as you can and to track the collective evolution of the entire site. You are encouraged to add to and revise your posts regularly to illustrate the development and deepening of your research. You should also strive to link to the posts analyzing other sites of memory when appropriate. Regularly checking in on the other research being done across Living Lincoln will enable and enhance these connections, as well as your own understanding of the project of remembering Lincoln.
Ultimately, each student will be responsible for posting a dynamic description and analysis some important aspect of their memory site of the length of 800-1000 words. Specific sites should include visual evidence and links to useful resources and materials. Each post should include end note citations to identify sources consulted and captions and urls for illustrations and other linked material. These posts will be evaluated by your recitation leaders according to the quality of their content, as well as your active participation in the blog as indicated by your own post’s revision history. There will be a reflective writing assignment on our collective site for the sections on April 17, the Friday following the completion of your work.