Mining the Dispatch is a digital humanities project by Robert K. Nelson, an American Studies Scholar who heads the University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab. In this project, Nelson uses a variety of digital tools (including MALLET software for text analysis and Google Charts API for data visualization) to analyze the Richmond Daily Dispatch newspaper, which was in circulation during the U.S. Civil War. In the topics section, visitors can explore the contents of the Daily Dispatch through a series of graphs and charts. Each chart is accompanied by a series of "exemplary articles" that demonstrate different types of published content. This format allows historians to explore quantitative and qualitative data alongside one another and glean new insights into the Confederate press during the American Civil War.
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