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1 Introduction: Overview This article is an applied experiment in digital scholarship. Over the last decade networked information resources have come to play a large role in the work of historians; most of us have become accustomed to augmenting our library research and professional discussion through digital means. Despite these changes, scholars have only begun to craft scholarship designed specifically for the electronic environment. In this article, we attempt to translate the fundamental components of professional scholarship-evidence, engagement with prior scholarship, and a scholarly argument-into forms that take advantage of the possibilities of electronic media. We apply these methods to a long-standing issue in American history: how slavery divided American society and culture in the years before the Civil War. Our close study of two communities near the Mason-Dixon Line, a comparison designed to isolate the role of slavery in shaping societies of similar location and histories, shows significant differences in demography, agricultural strategies, and industrial development but broad commonalities in economic outlook, political structures, and cultural orientation. This comparison builds on a long tradition of historiography. Generations of historians
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2009 for the course HIST 200gm taught by Professor Shammas during the Spring '05 term at USC.

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