Career Information for History Majors

Paul B. Sturtevant, “History Is Not a Useless Major: Fighting Myths with Data,” Perspectives on History, April 1, 2017.

Ben Schmidt, professor of history at New York University, created this visualization of how college majors relate to professions. Scroll down and click “History” to see how things shake out for history majors.

Charlie Hoehn’s TEDTalk, about undertaking “free work” to get practical experience, then paid work.

George Anders, “Good News Liberal-Arts Majors: Your Peers Probably Won’t Outearn You Forever,” Wall Street Journal, September 11, 2016.

Digital Humanities Projects

African American Civil War Soldiers. Crowd-sourced project that relies on volunteers to transcribe the military records of African American soldiers in the American Civil War.

The American Soldier. Crowd-sourced project that relies on volunteers to transcribe reflections on war and military service by American soldiers who served during the Second World War.

Visualization of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Users can pause the animation and click on any dot to see embedded data for some 20,000 voyages from 1545 to 1860.

United States News Map. Interactive map lets users chart how newspapers covered topics over time. Search some eleven million newspaper pages between 1789 and 1922.

Other Favorites 

Douglas O. Linder, History’s famous trials.

Resources for students of Chilean history (Spanish).

Library of Congress American Memory project.

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