Date of Degree


Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name



Digital Humanities


Michelle McSweeney

Subject Categories

Digital Humanities


digital humanities, digital, humanities, history


This white paper details the process of conducting a textual analysis of three British parliamentary debates. It also discusses the development of Tableau visualizations to display the results of the analysis, along with the creation of a GitHub repository for documentation of the procedure and code, as well as a GitHub Page for displaying the visualizations. Through text analysis, this capstone project examines the rhetoric used by British members of parliament (MP) while debating the creation of a welfare state during three specific parliamentary debates in 1944: National Health Service, Social Insurance Part 1 and 2, and Employment Policy. This project examines how MPs discussed the introduction of a welfare state in postwar Britain by exploring word frequency, lexical density and speaker participation in the debates. In past studies, historians have qualitatively assessed the origins of the welfare state, but there has been little quantitative study of these debates. This project quantitatively surveys the rhetoric of MPs during the preliminary welfare debates through categorization and analysis. (14 kB)
GitHub repository zip file

github-repo-2021-14-05.warc (1352 kB)
GitHub repo website. Archived website as a WARC file, created using – web archive player available at

github-pages-2021-14-05.warc (3147 kB)
GitHub Pages website with Tableau visualizations. Archived website as a WARC file, created using – web archive player available at