Digital Humanities Risk Project

In the late 1800s, the insurance business was about ‘taking a risk.’ These risks were calculated into financial terms. Loss was also part of this insurance business as papers discussed ‘a loss of __’ as well as in general damage terms.

Through force-directed graphs and sankey diagrams (which show relationships, connections and flow), it is possible to see the risks and losses recorded in the Whipple Fire Reports of St Louis. Seeing these relationships should give us new ideas for research and new questions based on the connections we see. With these visualizations, we are better able to see the commercialization and capitalism of the growing markets of insurance through risk and loss.

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