Antioch College – Class of 2016
Major: History, Concentration in French Language
Concentration: Urban History, Intellectual History, 20th Century, US
Coloring the Gem City is the title of an Antioch College Senior Thesis in History undertaken by Eric Rhodes ’16. The project examines the creation of racial segregation in Dayton from roughly 1930 through 2015. The focus will be on the role of the nexus of federal, state, and local housing policy and suburbanization. It also touches on the intellectual history of urban planning in Dayton, Ohio and the social sciences’ treatment of urbanity throughout the 20th century.
Digital Humanities methodologies have been of great importance to Eric’s project. As a component of his preliminary research, Eric is conducting interviews with national and area scholars, as well as people whose lives have been affected by segregation in Dayton. The oral histories will be archived with the Oral Histories in the Liberal Arts initiative. He’s also conducting GIS analysis of racial demographics in Dayton in order to visually illustrate the contours of segregation during the past 85 years. The end result will be a public resource which community members can consult for information on the subject.
Eric is working under the direction of: