My name is Zach and I am currently a Junior at Roanoke College. I’m from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I am a Biology major and History minor. In my free time I like to play video games, watch YouTube or TV shows, and I enjoy watching sports such as soccer, football, and rugby. My favorite soccer team is Brentford FC and I have even seen them in person a few times. I am also the president of the Esports Club and I play rugby at the college.
Images of me playing rugby at the college (left) and competing in an esports tournament (right).
“No Adam in South Sea Eden” discusses a colony in Australia that was formed to be an exclusively woman society. It was founded by British women who were influenced by Victoria Woodhull. The article clearly has a bias against the colony and Victoria Woodhull, claiming it is “anti-man”. The article was found using optical character recognition (OCR) technology via Chronicling America.
I thought it would be interesting to explore the speeches of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant after the end of the Civil War. This was still a very delicate period for the United States, and of course Lincoln’s assassination would happen during his second term as president. Grant was the next elected president and it is interesting to compare their language. Lincoln uses very all-inclusive language with “for” and “all” being used often, likely hoping to bring the North and South together again. Grant’s speech seems to heavily focus on order and the nation, with “Country”, “Constitution”, “laws” and “States” as key words. Interestingly, “I” is one of largest words, even larger than “our”.
I decided to look at the prevalence of three different famous kings in history who are known as “the Great” using Google Ngram. The results are what I expected, with Peter being the most popular, followed by Frederick, and Alfred being the least. It is interesting that Frederick had a period of time where he was more often written about compared to Peter between 1880-1950. The largest flaw in this Ngram is that it requires the term “the Great” to be present, which while popular, is not always used. For instance, Peter I or Frederick II will not appear in these results. Additionally, the results only include the English names, so Friedrich II would not show on the Ngram.
Check out my Twine, a text-based video game called “Avise la Fin”. To play, click on this link. The link will pull up an HTML file. Click “Download.” Now, open the website for Twine, click “Use in your Browser.” Click “Library,” then “Import,” and choose the HTML file you just downloaded. Click on the imported story. Now click “Build,” then “Play.” Voila: it’s my game!