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Ghost Soldiers, Elaine Lynch May 2015

Ghost Soldiers, Elaine Lynch

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

No abstract provided.


She's Right On Time: Dorothy Love Coates And The Transformation Of Gospel Music In The Service Of The Civil Rights Movements, Randal Fippinger May 2015

She's Right On Time: Dorothy Love Coates And The Transformation Of Gospel Music In The Service Of The Civil Rights Movements, Randal Fippinger

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

Dorothy Love Coates' obituary in the New York Times declared that she provided "a subtle but substantial role in the civil rights movement" ("Dorothy Love Coates"). While widely acknowledged, this fact has scant documentation in the major literature on gospel music. I will examine how the efforts of gospel singer and civil rights activist Dorothy Love Coates (1928-2002) worked as a catalyst to activate modern gospel music to support the American Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and early 1960s. I will argue that Dorothy Love Coates acted as a vital link in the development of gospel music, taking it ...


Suffering Saint, Asexual Victorian Woman, Or Queer Icon? Cinematic Representations Of Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Beauchamp May 2015

Suffering Saint, Asexual Victorian Woman, Or Queer Icon? Cinematic Representations Of Eleanor Roosevelt, Angela Beauchamp

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

This critical discourse analysis examines representations of Eleanor Roosevelt in a wide range of biographical, docudrama, and documentary film and television from 1945 to 2014. By focusing on the figure known by many as the most important woman of the twentieth century, and one who appears as a character or subject in over eighty movies and television programs, I investigate recurring discourses around heteronormativity and cultural constructions of gender and sexuality for American women over time. These filmic portrayals reveal attempts to normalize Eleanor's life, framing her accomplishments and motivations through lenses of marriage and family, or they "queer ...


Everybody Talkin' 'Bout A Spoonful: The Blues, From America To England And Back, Edward Giza Aug 2011

Everybody Talkin' 'Bout A Spoonful: The Blues, From America To England And Back, Edward Giza

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

Though the blues are typically considered one of the few uniquely American musical styles, a group of British performers in the 1960s championed the blues to mainstream audiences on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. This essay explores the journey of the blues from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago and then across the Atlantic to England. It examines the various changes the genre underwent throughout this journey as well as aspects of the blues that remained static. Utilizing the song "Spoonful " as a common thread between these locations, this essay details how changes in popular opinion , advancements in technology, and ...


From Fishing Weirs To Fancy Baskets: How Changes In Native American Basketry Forms Reflect Changes In The Economic Independence Of Native American Women During Colonization, Heidi J. Pickering Mar 2010

From Fishing Weirs To Fancy Baskets: How Changes In Native American Basketry Forms Reflect Changes In The Economic Independence Of Native American Women During Colonization, Heidi J. Pickering

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

Contrary to the absence of Native American women in many reports and journals of early explorers and colonists, Native American women from the Coastal Algonquin and Wasco/Wishram communities played a central role in early trade with Euro-Americans through their traditional socioeconomic status as agricultural and subsistence gatherers and inter/intra-tribal tradeswomen. These native women harvested available natural resources for food, bark, and fiber with which they fed their communities and constructed baskets in standard units of measurement for trade reflecting that pre-contact trade networks and food value systems were well established and highly valued. Through an examination of scholarly ...


Native American Pottery: Ancient And Evolving Traditions In The American Southwest, Megan R. Conner Mar 2008

Native American Pottery: Ancient And Evolving Traditions In The American Southwest, Megan R. Conner

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

No abstract provided.


The Emergence Of Bebop: Charlie Parker And His Historical Recordings 1944-1948, Anthony Richard Geraci Mar 2008

The Emergence Of Bebop: Charlie Parker And His Historical Recordings 1944-1948, Anthony Richard Geraci

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

The jazz style known as bebop developed in reaction to the musical, cultural, and historical realities of America in the 1920s and 1930s. Musically, bebop grew out of and away from the elaborate orchestral arrangements of the swing bands of the 1930s through the early 1940s. It fed the musician's desire to incorporate individual improvisation and virtuosity as the focal point of the compositions within a small musical ensemble. An example of a musician who epitomized the bebop style and demonstrated the development of this musical genre was Charlie Parker. By analyzing Parker's Savoy and Dial recordings from ...


Walter Lippmann, John Dewey, And American Political Democracy, Jesse B. Markay Aug 2007

Walter Lippmann, John Dewey, And American Political Democracy, Jesse B. Markay

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

Journalist Walter Lippmann and philosopher John Dewey engaged in an extended dialogue in the 1 920s regarding the condition and future of American democracy. In a series of books and essays the two intellectuals confronted issues that have been debated since the creation of the American republic and that remain contested today: how public opinion is formed; the capacity of individual citizens to render judgments concerning public affairs; the role that public opinion ought to play in formulating public policy; the possibility of establishing a truly democratic community. This paper argues that the issues Lippmann and Dewey addressed and the ...


Where Are The Moderate American Muslims? Struggling To Be Seen And Heard On Cable News/Entertainment Programs, Carole A. Chouinard Mar 2006

Where Are The Moderate American Muslims? Struggling To Be Seen And Heard On Cable News/Entertainment Programs, Carole A. Chouinard

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

With the continuation of terrorist attacks committed by Muslim extremists, it is necessary for moderate Muslims Americans to disassociate themselves from terrorist groups and to make their moderate and progressive views known. In the United States, moderate Muslim Americans have been less than successful at having their voices heard through media. The questions in this study ask why that is and will direct two hypotheses at certain cable news/entertainment programs. The first hypothesis asks, as scholar Edward W. Said proposed, if the Islamic world is simply too foreign to be properly understood by western media. The second hypothesis to ...


Poetic Prophecies Of A Vintage Boy Scout: Robert Frost And Wilderness Therapy Theory, Andrew Shawn Andermatt Mar 2005

Poetic Prophecies Of A Vintage Boy Scout: Robert Frost And Wilderness Therapy Theory, Andrew Shawn Andermatt

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

Roderick Nash, in his book Wilderness and the American Mind, argues that in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, "Too much civilization, not too little, seemed at the root of the nation's difficulties." With economic stability decreasing, social ties eroding, and young "up and comers" committing suicide, Robert Frost's approach to nature as a powerful, unforgiving yet playful, therapeutic force seems nothing short of realistic. For Frost, following historical patterns for development of cities and "idle hours" in the fields will only lead to increased divisions in labor and social class. Like the goals of wilderness experience ...


The Diffusion Of British Steam Technology And The First Creation Of America's Urban Proletariat, Mark Stephen Stanzione Nov 2000

The Diffusion Of British Steam Technology And The First Creation Of America's Urban Proletariat, Mark Stephen Stanzione

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

The intent of this thesis project is to thoroughly analyze the effects of the transatlantic transfer of British steam engine machinery to the United States during the Antebellum and Gilded Ages. The American assimilation of British steam engine technology sustained improvements in industrial production, commerce, and transportation. In the process, transforming the work habits of native-born Americans and recent European immigrants by creating the need for a more mobile labor force while leading to the first urban proletariat in American society.

The transatlantic transfer of textile machine technology disseminated to America from England, during the Republic, had initiated the movement ...


American Popular Culture And The Struggle For Art: Rock 'N ' Roll As Metaphor, David R. Larson May 2000

American Popular Culture And The Struggle For Art: Rock 'N ' Roll As Metaphor, David R. Larson

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

Contrary to traditional reckoning, Rock and Roll between Elvis Presley and Punk Rock was not a revolutionary genre. It has for years been accorded mythical status, but as my thesis attempts to illustrate, such an aggrandizement of its place in history overlooks and overshadows the complex operational dynamic by which it empowered and was empowered by its audiences. My goal is to relocate Rock from its lofty place as a harbinger of cultural of social and cultural change and place it in the more modest position of that of a historically locatable event within American popular music industry.

Insofar as ...


Sibling Relationships In The Context Of Birth Order, Carolyn S. Potvin Aug 1999

Sibling Relationships In The Context Of Birth Order, Carolyn S. Potvin

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

All of the research contained in this thesis is a collection of different methodologies and theoretical approaches on the subject of birth order and sibling relationships. Perspectives on the influence of the framework of family on personality development have been summarized, with an emphasis on empirical data related to communication patterns of siblings to each other. This paper is not so much an exploration into birth order as it is about the interactions of siblings in relation to family dynamics.

The first part of this paper probes into the consequences of birth order on individuality, in the context of the ...


One Grand Park: Remaking New Hampshire Farms Into Summer Homes, 1870-1930, Lorayne Billings May 1999

One Grand Park: Remaking New Hampshire Farms Into Summer Homes, 1870-1930, Lorayne Billings

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

In the late nineteenth century, the growth of industry, western competition, costs, and poor soil caused some New Hampshire farmers to quit the farm, leaving the buildings uninhabited. New Hampshire state officials were not interested in rescuing those farms, but were interested in stemming the negative publicity about abandoned farms. The state legislature passed an act to encourage immigration into the deserted farms, and Nahum Bachelder, secretary of the state board of agriculture, advertised the farms as summer homes for well-heeled urbanites. He eventually received criticism for pursuing self-serving interests and for neglecting official agricultural duties, specifically to the struggling ...


Someone's In The Garden With Eve: Race, Religion, And The American Fall, Mason Stokes Jan 1998

Someone's In The Garden With Eve: Race, Religion, And The American Fall, Mason Stokes

English Faculty Scholarship

No abstract provided.


Anthropology And Environmental Studies Of The Southwest: The Integration Of People And The Land Through Time, Terri S. Ross May 1996

Anthropology And Environmental Studies Of The Southwest: The Integration Of People And The Land Through Time, Terri S. Ross

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) Student Scholarship

The indigenous peoples of the American Southwest are so culturally integrated with their environment that it is impossible to separate the land and the people. Personal interviews with three Navajo women provide an original and native voice illustrating their relationship to the environment. Five different topics chosen from their interviews have been researched to provide academic information for a more complete picture illustrating the integration of the people and the land through time.

I claim to understand the relationship between anthropology and environmental studies of the American Southwest. The people must be viewed in their native environment, and their voice ...