Mining Text

Mining Text

One thing that scholars have been doing with all of the historical sources and literary works online these days is to apply tools of linguistic analaysis to the texts. For instance, if you take Woodrow Wilson’s Congressional Government from 1885 and look at weighted word frequencies through what is called a word cloud, you can see what sort of language he was using

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Wilson's Sheep

Wilson's Sheep

For several years, beginning in the spring of 1918, a flock of sheep grazed on the White House Lawn. After America entered World War I, the sheep helped to save manpower by keeping the grass trimmed. We don’t exactly who came up with the idea, but Dr. Cary Grayson contacted his horseracing friend Wiliam Woodward about getting some sheep for the president. Woodward sent along a small flock from his farm in Maryland by wagon.

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Woodrow Wilson, Student

Woodrow Wilson, Student

In 1870, Woodrow Wilson’s father, Joseph, moved the family from Augusta, Georgia to Columbia, South Carolina to start a new job as a theology professor and preacher. Woodrow, about to turn fourteen, spent a few years studying with several local tutors in town. While still a slow reader, he threw himself into academic work for the first time, immersing himself in literature, theology, and history.

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Ticket to Siberia

Ticket to Siberia

Just after the United States declared war on Germany in April of 1918, George Sosnowski sent Woodrow Wilson a letter warning of German plans to disable the military might of the newly-formed Russian democracy. President Wilson looked to the Kerensky government to bring freedom to the Russian empire, but he also feared  that a German move to disable their opponents on the Eastern Front would make America’s job on the western side much more difficult when US troops finally got to Europe.

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Woodrow Wilson Quotes

Woodrow Wilson Quotes

Respected as a scholar and writer in his own time, Woodrow Wilson has become famous for some pithy quotes. Oftentimes, though, his original thoughts can get lost in the desire to share something short and sweet. So we thought it was time to share some background and sources for some Wilson sayings you might have heard

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