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History of Sex Toys and Zoning of Adult Businesses in Ohio

The eHistory MultiMedia Course Projects were developed by students in Professor Judy Wu's History course 525 in 2008 and 2009. This project utilizes interviews and the history of Columbus zoning procedures to examine how communities can remove adult businesses from within the city limits by changing zoning laws.

How the History of Poindexter Village Challenges Popular Stereotypes about Public Housing

A surprising array of critics from both the political left and right agree that public housing as built has next to no redeeming features. These places are written off as havens of crime and poverty. But this is false. Like communities across the United States, the history of Columbus, Ohio’s first and all-black public housing development Poindexter Village reveals a strikingly different story. On the city’s Near East Side, African-Americans formed a neighborhood in the face of segregation, built housing, created a vibrant and supportive community, and even challenged the popular notion of historic preservation.

In Memory of the Courageous Women Who Died from Illegal Unsafe Abortions

The eHistory MultiMedia Course Projects were developed by students in Professor Judy Wu's History course 525 in 2008 and 2009. In the early days of abortion, unsafe procedures set early feminists in opposition to the idea. However with advancements in medicine that preserved the woman’s health, feminists became the back-bone of the pro-choice movement.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? A Deep History and Future of the Internet

In a 2008 article in The Atlantic, Nick Carr famously asked “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” and wondered specifically what deleterious effects the Internet is having on our brains. Carr argued that the Internet is making us incapable of sustaining the attention necessary to read long-form articles and books. He also points to evidence which suggests that using the Internet is rewiring our brains.

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