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Methodology Statement

    The first step in starting this research was to spend time with the book itself. The rare book librarians in Special Collections were very helpful in providing historical context about books from the same time period. We carefully analyzed the bibliographical elements of the book and how it related to the content. Afterwards, we each searched through internet sources, articles, and books to construct a better idea of everything that makes The History of the Great Riots rare and unique. 

    The book is out of copyright, so we were able to use a fully digitized version thanks to Jeremy and his team. This allowed us to look through each illustration and the different chapters and select the best content for the exhibit. The exhibit could not have happened without the help of Spencer. Our close analysis of the book and broad research led us to the conclusion that the book can be viewed as a symbol of class struggle in the late 19th century.