The data tables
had the name of the person or people, which county they lived in, how many
acres they had, and how much they got for their land. It didnt have
any information about a lot of things, like the terrain or fertility of
the land. Sometimes men and women would get a different price for the some
amount of land. We couldnt tell if the Virginia government did it
on purpose, or the womens land just wasnt as good as the mens.
Since the data had
information about everyone that was displaced, we decided we wanted to make
it available on our web site. We were happy to learn that there is not copyright
on data! It took us over a week to enter it all into the computer. It was
over 800 entries! Even after we had it all in the computer, we had to edit
it all and make sure it said exactly what it had in the book. The reason
that the data is so important is that it told us information about the individual
people who were displaced. The other information we had (which wasnt
much) only had information about them as a whole, not individually. Still,
there was some things that were plainly unfair. On one occasion, the State
of Virginia sold 0.5 acres of land to themselves for $16,000. But the really
strange thing is that the sale was on one of the Condemned pages.
That didnt seem very fair to us.
The data has made us ask questions. One of these was: How did the Government of Virginia decide who would get paid what?" This question was raised because we found the same amounts of land were sold for different amounts of money to males and females, to blacks and whites. Ask yourself some of these questions as you look at the data.
Download the data from The Undying Past of Shenandoah National Park by Darwin Lambert (Mac: click on the file name, hold and select "download link", or Windows:right click on the file name) - Excel (data.xls) or as a tab delimited file (data.tab)
We also found some very interesting maps on another web site. The creators of that site gave us permission to use them here and we created several questions to go with each map.
This page was created by the Red Hill Elementary ThinkQuest 2001 Team.
This page was last updated on March 13, 2001.