Mapping Slavery in Antebellum Columbia with GIS

Evan Kutzler (History) discusses his work on slavery in antebellum Columbia using GIS maps and the challenges he encountered when incorporating these maps into the digital history project website, Slavery at South Carolina College: The Origins of the University of South Carolina. Kutzler demonstrates how GIS software can help us organize traditional sources in new ways by combining an 1850 map of Columbia, an edited parcel map of the modern city, and the 1850 Federal Slave Schedule to provide a new way of looking at urban slavery. Kutzler also addresses problems that arise with the use of GIS.

Evan Kutzler
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:30 to 13:30