Civil War Era Studies
Data is powerful in the right hands. Aggregate data is even more powerful. And Google is data.
One of the odder tools in the Google arsenal is the Ngram viewer a search engine which charts trends within the folds of Google Books' database. Punch in anything. I mean it. Try anything in the Ngram search engine and start falling down the historical trends rabbit hole. [excerpt]
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