Browse Exhibits (8 total)

Behind the Scenes of Watergate

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About the Watergate Scandal

The Watergate: Declassified documents are government records of the ongoing FBI investigation of the Watergate Scandal. This scandal first occurred on June 17, 1972, by intruders connected to President Richard Nixon's campaign staff. These intruders broke into the Democratic National Committee Headquarters, resulting in their arrest and a subsequent investigation by the FBI and Congress. Because of the connection to President Richard Nixon, he attempted to cover up his involvement but was not able to successfully do so, leading to his resignation in 1974.

Research and Analysis

To investigate the Watergate declassified documents, the following questions were made:

  • What were the sentiments about the scandal during the investigation and how did they develop?
  • What were the main events occurring throughout the Watergate scandal?

  • What or who were the key figures involved in the scandal?

Boxer Uprising

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The Boxer Uprising Context:

The Boxer Uprising of 1900 was a rebellion in Northern China against the spread of Western and Japanese culture in China. The rebels were refered to as "Boxers" because they trained in a certain style of boxing and performed riturals that they believed made them invincible. The Boxers burnt down foreign property as well as killing foreigners and Chinese Christians. The Boxers took over present day Beijing until international forces subdued the rebellion. The rebellion officially ended in 1901 and China was forced to pay $330 million in reparations.

Analysis Overview:

Using data from newpapers and periodicals related to the Boxer Uprising, our team will take a closer look into the following questions:

How did Western sentiment towards the Boxers change over time?

How did British v American newspapers represent the Boxer Uprising?

In order to answer these research questions, we'll use sentiment analysis to explore the positive/negative views towards Boxers throughout the rebellion. Using a word cloud, we'll compare most commonly used words in newspapers to describe the rebellion.

News, Lies, and Action: Watergate in Editorials

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About the Watergate Scandal

In 1972, a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate complex sparked a scandal that would rock the United States and lead to the downfall of President Richard Nixon. The Watergate scandal is widely regarded as one of the most significant political scandals in American history, and it forever changed the way Americans viewed their government and the media's role in holding politicians accountable. The scandal involved a complex web of illegal activities, including wiretapping, burglary, and a cover-up orchestrated by the highest levels of government. From the initial break-in to Nixon's eventual resignation, the Watergate scandal was a riveting saga that captured the attention of the American public and exposed the dark side of American politics. Let's dive deeper into this infamous chapter in American history and look at the primary sources that covered it all.

Research Questions

  • What were the sentiments about the scandal during the investigation?
  • What were the prevalent themes in newspaper editorials from this time?
  • What are the most common words in the dataset? How do the frequencies of these words change over time?

Navigating the Exhibit

Select a page on the left-hand side to navigate through the pages of the exhibit, or move forward or backward one page from the bottom of the current page.

Click on "About" to view the team members and our weekly work logs, our Project One Pager, and Project Charter.

Click on "Data Curation and Cleaning" to learn how we curated our data and cleaned data overall and for specific analyses.

Click on "Sentiment Analysis" to view the graph and analysis of the sentiment for documents in our content set.

Click on "TimelineJS" to view the interactive timeline visualization of the editorials published by The Washington Post about the Watergate Scandal.

Click on “Topic Modeling” to view the prevalent topics in our content set.

Click on “Voyant” to view how the top words in our dataset changed over time.

Click on "Primary Source Items" to view editorials relating to and about the Watergate Scandal.

Roberto Calvi's Trial: Suicide or Murder?

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Welcome to the Roberto Calvi Trial website! 

Objective Statement:

Our project aims to investigate the Roberto Calvi Trial and examine the details of the case both before and after his death. We will gain clarity on how and why the court ruling shifted to murder after being ruled suicide 20 years prior.

Research Questions:

To better guide our analysis, we have developed three research questions to ensure we are covering all aspects of the trial. 

  1. How was Calvi’s death ruled as murder and not suicide?
  2. How did public sentiment change over time? How did people’s opinions regarding the trial and/or Roberto change over time?
  3. What was the motivation of Roberto Calvi’s murder? 

With regards to the first question, we will be focusing more on the forensic evidence that have made it distinctly clear that Roberto Calvi was murdered. The second question refers to the overall public sentiment over time. We wanted to examine the correlation between key events or the release of certain information and how that has influenced the general public's perception of Roberto Calvi's death. The last question provides additional background with regards to the main characters of the story. For example, it is a deeper insight into the relationships between Calvi and the Vatican and Mafia, who are two main suspects of the trial.

About the Trial:

Roberto Calvi was Italy’s most powerful private banker. He joined Banco Ambrosiano as a clerk when the company was a risk-adverse institution. Calvi climbed his way up to President of the Bank where he acquired many more banks and off shore accounts. Due to his role, Calvi forged close ties with Archbishop Paul Marcinkus (the chairman of the Vatican’s Institute for Religious Works (IOR)), who holds the bank accounts of priests, bishops, cardinals and the Pope, and was a secretive, major shareholder of Banco Ambrosiano.

Timeline of Events Leading up to Calvi's death:

  • 1977: A situation happened between Marcinkus and one of his connections, Sindona, where Sindona’s empire collapsed, and he was being jailed for conspiracy and fraud. Sindona publicly accused Calvi’s Banco Ambrosiano of irregularities as an act of revenge because he was denied funds to save his failing bank.
  • 1981: Sindon’s tip prompted an investigation which led Calvi’s arrest. He stood on trial on charges of illegal currency dealings concerning the equivalent of $50 million worth of foreign transactions. When he was in prison awaiting trial, he attempted to kill himself and insisted he was innocent. He filed for an appeal and was released while awaiting a new trial on June 21st 1982.
  • 1982: Italy's central bank pressured Calvi to account for the bank’s nine-figure debt but he was unsuccessful so he turned to Falvio Carboni who smuggled him to London. London wasn’t his final destination because he told his wife and daughter to meet him in Washington DC.
    • June 17, 1982: Bank’s board voted to remove the missing Calvi as president and dissolve itself & Calvi’s long term secretary fell to her death through the Bank’s window (ruled a suicide)
    • June 18, 1982: Calvi’s body was found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge

Sojourner Truth & Women’s Suffrage

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Navigating the Exhibit

*Clicking on the pages on the right-side of this page will take you to the following aspects of the exhibition*

'Home'- Discusses details about the project, our research questions, and other contextual information.

'About'- Includes the Project Charter, Project One-Pager and brief bio's about each team member and their role in the project.

'Primary Sources'- A collection of items from the given content sets that are representative of the project.

'Data Curation & Cleaning'- Describes the groups process for building the content sets. 

'Data Visualizations'- Analyzes the chosen data visualizations created.

Stonewall Riots - INFO 498 G - Winter Quarter 2023

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“Men danced with men, often for the first time in their lives.”
― Ann Bausum, Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

About The Event

The Stonewall riots were a series of protests and clashes that occurred in June 1969 in New York City. The riots began when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Patrons fought back, and the protests continued for several days, with activists and allies demanding an end to police harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. The riots are seen as a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and sparked a broader movement for equality and visibility. Today, the Stonewall Inn is recognized as a national historic landmark and is widely considered a symbol of LGBTQ+ resistance and resilience.

Goals

In this Stonewall Riots data analysis, our team will be analyzing this historic event via the three sub research questions below:

What are the common words that were used in Stonewall Riots?

What is the significance of sentiment analysis in the context of the Stonewall Riots?

What topics were mentioned during the Stonewall Riots?

In order to answer our final research question

How did media coverage of the Stonewall riots shape public perception and understanding of the events?

To answer those questions, we have sufficient data visualization tools to analyze the related dataset and perform data analysis. More is explained on the data visualization page.

Suffragette Movement: Perceptions and Perspectives

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In the early 1800s women around the world began to fight for their right to vote. In the UK, this movement was sparked by the Reform act of 1832, which explicitly stated women did not have the right to vote. Outraged, UK women took a stand and protested for their rights. Our exhibit is focused on this movement in its early years (1807) through modern times.

We ask, what were the implications and impacts of the Women’s Suffrage movement? We further break our analysis down into four specifications: the history of the movement, major events and effects, its criminalization, and its portrayal in the media. 

As you explore our work keep in mind, the suffrage movement lead to the ratification of a woman's right to vote in the UK... in 1918. 

The Murder of Olof Palme

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About the events

On February 28th, 1986, Olof Palme, the Prime Minister of Sweden, was wounded by a single gunshot while walking home from a movie theater with his wife. The killer of this crime scene is lurking in the shadow and our team is trying to figure out who is the culprit of this murder case.

Research Questions

  • Who is the primary suspect of this crime scene? 
  • Why was the Swedish legal system unable to bring justice to the murder of Olof Palme?

Credits

Vivian Hung, Duncan Krey, Hanson Slay, Bada Lee