Blog 6: Spatial History

From what I understand of the reading, spatial history is broadening the scope of history. In further explanation, spatial history is delving into all aspects of history- photos, videos, mapping, documents, etc., and including it all in the process and analysis of historical events and persons. Making more of a record and introducing more information. Based on the reading I also think that spatial history is the “new history” or the new way to go about learning and teaching it. It is more of a collaborative and wholesome approach to history. White does think that it is useful for digital historians, his idea that it would be beneficial is why he looked into it. White uses examples of how mapping- which from my understanding is the focal point of spatial history- has a lot too it. There is looking at a trail, geographic locations and comparing layers can introduce topics and possibly create answers to historical queries. There is still much to be understood and developed, White says that throughout the reading himself- but, it is a great precursor of what is to come. Compiling different elements and sources to add to the frame and better the picture of history.

Spatial history could be useful for studying segregation, in fact, I think it could have an interesting point of view. Such as mapping and then comparing a black section of a city or town to a white one. Maybe noticing that the segregated blacks were situated farther from bus stops, trains or other transportation vehicles compared to their white counterparts: demonstrating an unspoken thought about making it so blacks had a harder time getting around and traveling. The mapping of black towns and noting areas of high segregation could also be used in a more present aspect. Comparing the past with present housing and location. By that, I mean seeing if the oppression every really stoped in those areas. Did the black families ever leave? Even if it is less of a colored population currently are those areas considered lower income households now? The spatial history just opens more doors and adds to interpretation, not just for digital historians but in other fields too.

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