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Wikipedia Assignment

Filed under: Uncategorized February 18, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

I decided to look at Slave Codes and the Nat Turner articles in Wikipedia.  I had written a paper on the relationship between a particular law and the insurrection of 1831 by Nat Turner and thought that my previous knowledge of the topic would assist me in evaluating the Wiki site.  The Slave Code section was minimal, and referenced a link that I questioned the credibility.  In fact, there was an editor’s note that a citation was needed for one of the statements. 

Nat Turner provided a number of basic facts, but there was a section in the article that the editor questioned the creditability and placed the notation “citation needed.”  Based upon my prior knowledge, the editor action was appropriate.

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