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The Afro-American Slave Music Project: Building a Case for Digital History

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2013
Abstract/Description:
This public history thesis project experimented with the application of new technology in creating an educational resource aimed at twenty-first century public audiences. The project presents the history, musicology, and historiography of Afro-American slave music in the United States. In doing so, the project utilizes two digital media tools: VuVox, to create interactive collages; and VisualEyes, to create digital visualizations. The purpose of this thesis is to assess how the project balances the goals of digital history, public history, and academic history.During the production of the Afro-American Slave Music Project, a number of the promises of digital history were highlighted, along with several of the potential challenges of digital history. In designing the project, compensations had to be made in order to minimize the challenges while maximizing the benefits. In effect, this thesis argues for the utility of digital history in a public setting as an alternative to traditional, prose-based academic history.
Title: The Afro-American Slave Music Project: Building a Case for Digital History.
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Name(s): Cepero, Laura, Author
French, Scot, Committee Chair
Lester, Connie, Committee Member
Larson, Peter, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This public history thesis project experimented with the application of new technology in creating an educational resource aimed at twenty-first century public audiences. The project presents the history, musicology, and historiography of Afro-American slave music in the United States. In doing so, the project utilizes two digital media tools: VuVox, to create interactive collages; and VisualEyes, to create digital visualizations. The purpose of this thesis is to assess how the project balances the goals of digital history, public history, and academic history.During the production of the Afro-American Slave Music Project, a number of the promises of digital history were highlighted, along with several of the potential challenges of digital history. In designing the project, compensations had to be made in order to minimize the challenges while maximizing the benefits. In effect, this thesis argues for the utility of digital history in a public setting as an alternative to traditional, prose-based academic history.
Identifier: CFE0004663 (IID), ucf:49901 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-05-01
M.A.
Arts and Humanities, History
Masters
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Subject(s): Afro-American music -- slaves -- blues -- Spirituals -- folk -- public history -- digital history
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004663
Restrictions on Access: campus 2016-05-15
Host Institution: UCF

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