This is your second-most asked question after how did everyday people live their day-to-day lives in early America.
As the “Doing History” series explores how historians work, it offers the perfect opportunity to answer your question.
Sharon Block, a Professor of History at the University of California-Irvine, has made use of computers and digital resources to do history for years, which is why she serves as our guide for how to research history online.
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Supporting this series helps to meet one of the chief aims of the Lapidus Initiative: to make more transparent the intensive and collaborative processes of developing and producing high-quality scholarship. It also offers us a new and exciting opportunity for public outreach.