The goal of research is to connect data points into a narrative that moves our understanding of something.
My main research has been the Pandora's Safe project, but this summer I decided to investigate deaths of convicts in Alabama Prisons. I found a data base with 167 deaths from 1847-1867 and jotted down what I expected to find.
See? I'm not sure what I'm finding but this is interesting; 2 years for murder but 20 years for assault with intent to rape? Notice I put sticky notes to remind me of this because after a few hours of Netflix I won't remember!
This semester students have the option of starting research with a file on a criminal, a death certificate freed slave or a page of the Census documenting Native Americans.
Most students picked "criminal" and I would hate for you guys to all research the same things, so I'm adding more options below.