Hi everyone! Over a couple of weeks, our humanities class has been studying what historians do, and was working on an assignment that ‘we’ become as historians and investigate/evaluate the histories of our family. However, since my BGM for my video about the history of my family members is going to be considered as Copyright Infringement, I am not able to embed my video into this
Basically, from my knowledge now, a historian is a person/professor who has a well-informed knowledge at a certain period of time such as Medieval periods, or perhaps the time where dinosaurs were existed. The types of history can be Political, Diplomatic, Social, Cultural, Economic and Intellectual. Historians implant a new historical event by carefully investigating using their prior knowledge, but also asks other historians (or even a citizen who does not know anything) to observe so that they can collect different perspectives. Afterwards, they would further research, think of a theory behind and explain it with hard evidences to show the clear reason behind the event occurred.
For our generation project, we had to research a person per generation: our grandparent’s generation, our parent’s generation and our generation. In my case, I investigated my mother’s best-friend’s husband, my mother and myself. We first researched the backgrounds of when they were in our age (13-14), such as the major events, who was born, etc. Based on those facts and our curiosity, we had to create approximately 20 interview questions to interview those people. We had to organize these facts into some sort of presentation. I chose Powtoon, which is a video maker.
During these processes, I have found some challenges, mostly in Powtoon; I could not find a way to change musics at a certain time, and how several texts were larger than I thought of. I also had a hard time to ask my mother because she had some grudge towards her parents. I believe the message for this assignment was the how important Primary and Secondary sources are. Primary sources were basically a person’s picture or objects when they were 13, in this case. Secondary sources were wikipedia facts or events occurred in that time where anyone can research. I couldn’t get any primary sources because the first person from the grandparent’s generation couldn’t find any pictures, and previously mentioned, my mother had some grudge towards her parents so she burned all the pictures of her that her parents took. So I believe if I had more primary sources, the video could have been more realistic.
Technology could have made events occurred in the long time more clear if they existed in the past times. People can easily record what happened, with detail, and unlike paper, it wouldn’t burn over time. However, the problem would be that there will be fewer historians existing in today.