This month more than ever, understanding history from the information written, gathered and archived by generations before us is even more important. What will historians write about today? This interesting topic came to us from The Scholarly Kitchen in their article, “Historians in Historic Times.”

Historians are academics and researchers who study events of the past. Their primary duties include obtaining historical data from libraries, archives and artifacts, determining the authenticity of historical data and teaching or researching at universities.

Some call what happened on January 6, 2021 an insurrection; others, a coup. Will historians call it domestic terrorism or just a peaceful protest gone awry? Will the battle of politics become a battle for words to describe what happened in the capital and on Capitol Hill?

This time in American history will be analyzed by more than historians. Data scientists will have a heavy hand in finding the stories – yes, more than one – in the events before and after.

Melody K. Smith

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