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"By The Dear, Immortal Memory Of Washington"/The Baptists, Culture, And The Law In Eighteenth-Century Virginia, Douglas Breton Jul 2018

"By The Dear, Immortal Memory Of Washington"/The Baptists, Culture, And The Law In Eighteenth-Century Virginia, Douglas Breton

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

"By the Dear, Immortal Memory of Washington" Americans have long used the Founding Fathers as symbols of patriotism, invoking their names and using their images whenever they wish to demonstrate that a particular way of thinking or acting is true to American ideals. The vague patriotic image of the founders tends to eclipse their actual character, allowing diverse and competing movements to all use them. This has been especially true of George Washington, who long enjoyed a preeminent and almost mythic status among the founders. During the 1860s, both secessionists and unionists claimed him as their own in order to ...


The Infusion Of Stars And Stripes: Sectarianism And National Unity In Little Syria, New York, 1890-1905, Manal Kabbani Jan 2016

The Infusion Of Stars And Stripes: Sectarianism And National Unity In Little Syria, New York, 1890-1905, Manal Kabbani

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Cherries From The Tree: National Identity And The Hero Construction Of George Washington, 1799-1829, Jack Thomas Masterson Jan 2016

Cherries From The Tree: National Identity And The Hero Construction Of George Washington, 1799-1829, Jack Thomas Masterson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Relationships, Credit, And Value: Analyzing Money As A Social Institution In Late Eighteenth-Century Virginia, Amanda White Gibson Jan 2016

Relationships, Credit, And Value: Analyzing Money As A Social Institution In Late Eighteenth-Century Virginia, Amanda White Gibson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Uniting Interests: The Economic Functions Of Marriage In America, 1750-1860, Lindsay Mitchell Keiter Jan 2016

Uniting Interests: The Economic Functions Of Marriage In America, 1750-1860, Lindsay Mitchell Keiter

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation, "Uniting Interests: Money, Property, and Marriage in America, 1750-1860," examines how marriage was an essential economic transaction that responded to the development of capitalism in early America. Drawing on scholarship on the history of economic development, household organization, law, and gender, I argue that families actively distributed resources at marriage as part of larger wealth management strategies that were sensitive to regional and national economic growth. I focus particularly on women's property holding and how families deployed the legal protection of women's property as bulwarks against financial disaster. This project restores the family and women to ...


The Continental Army: Leadership School Of The Early Republic, David Lawrence Ward Jan 2015

The Continental Army: Leadership School Of The Early Republic, David Lawrence Ward

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Nineteenth Century Enslaved African Americans' Coping Strategies For The Stresses Of Enslavement In Virginia, Allison Michelle Campo Jan 2015

Nineteenth Century Enslaved African Americans' Coping Strategies For The Stresses Of Enslavement In Virginia, Allison Michelle Campo

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"A Mode Of Correcting The Existing Evils": Swindlers, Inland Passage Tickets, And The Federalization Of Immigration Policy In The Antebellum United States, Joseph Patrick Fitzgibbon Jan 2015

"A Mode Of Correcting The Existing Evils": Swindlers, Inland Passage Tickets, And The Federalization Of Immigration Policy In The Antebellum United States, Joseph Patrick Fitzgibbon

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


False Emissaries: The Jesuits Among The Piscataways In Early Colonial Maryland, 1634-1648, Kathleen Elizabeth Scorza Jan 2015

False Emissaries: The Jesuits Among The Piscataways In Early Colonial Maryland, 1634-1648, Kathleen Elizabeth Scorza

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Networks In Favor Of Liberty: St Eustatius As An EntrepôT Of Goods And Information During The American Revolution, Sarah Marie Vlasity Jan 2015

Networks In Favor Of Liberty: St Eustatius As An EntrepôT Of Goods And Information During The American Revolution, Sarah Marie Vlasity

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Fears In Concrete Forms: Modernity And Horror In The United States; 1880-1939., Kevin C. Valliant Jan 2015

Fears In Concrete Forms: Modernity And Horror In The United States; 1880-1939., Kevin C. Valliant

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Scary entertainment is an oft maligned genre of popular culture. It is, however, ubiquitous in modem society with television shows, movies, and countless books all dealing with monsters and other horrors. Modem scary entertainment began to take shape during the late nineteenth century and proliferated in the earlier twentieth with the rise of pulp magazines, radio shows, and motion pictures. Through a study of short stories, films and other primary sources, this dissertation explores how scary entertainment was shaped by political and social discourses of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This dissertation argues that far from dealing with ...


"Pretty Girls And Fascinating Boys" : The Adolescent Journey Of Evangelical Youths, 1970-2000, Maria Alexandria Kane Jan 2015

"Pretty Girls And Fascinating Boys" : The Adolescent Journey Of Evangelical Youths, 1970-2000, Maria Alexandria Kane

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

In 1978, James Dobson, psychologist and founder of the conservative evangelical group Focus on the Family, Inc., published Preparing for Adolescence: Advice from One of America's Foremost Family Psychologists on How to Survive the Coming Years of Change. Over the next twenty years Dobson's pocket-sized advice manual went on to sell over a million copies and symbolized the desire of white conservative evangelicals to control the moral and social development of adolescents---and in turn the nation. During the same period, black conservative evangelicals were engaged in a separate yet equally vocal struggle to support adolescents and their families ...


Sea Of Change : Race, Abolitionism, And Reform In The New England Whale Fishery, Justin Andrew Pariseau Jan 2015

Sea Of Change : Race, Abolitionism, And Reform In The New England Whale Fishery, Justin Andrew Pariseau

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Bound together across lines of color and lass, Nantucket and New Bedford residents pursued the unique economic opportunities presented by whaling during the nineteenth century. Whaling was becoming a major industrial enterprise with few available options to fulfill the labor needs required for the whaling crews, ropewalks, blacksmith shops, and sail lofts that made it possible for Nantucket and New Bedford whaleships to transit the globe. Whaling thus generated the jobs that made it possible for free black communities to thrive. People of color consequently turned the need for labor to their advantage. Drawn by the financial opportunities that the ...


Promoting Tourism, Selling A Nation: The Politics Of Representing National Identity In The United States 1930-1960, Sarah Elizabeth Mclennan Jan 2015

Promoting Tourism, Selling A Nation: The Politics Of Representing National Identity In The United States 1930-1960, Sarah Elizabeth Mclennan

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Promoting Tourism, Selling a Nation: The Politics of Representing National Identity in the United States 1930-1960, focuses on tourism and public culture in the United States, examining how institutions and public sites interpret their history, and the impact these representations have on community and national identity. The project centers on the United States Travel Bureau, the first federal agency tasked with promoting U.S. tourism on a national scale. Through its publicity campaigns, the Bureau attempted to distill the diversity of communities and traditions in the United States into a cohesive vision of American identity and heritage---one it promoted both ...


A Widow's Purview: A Microhistory Of Widowhood And Gender Relations In The Late Eighteenth-Century Virginia Backcountry, Eve Bourbeau-Allard Jan 2015

A Widow's Purview: A Microhistory Of Widowhood And Gender Relations In The Late Eighteenth-Century Virginia Backcountry, Eve Bourbeau-Allard

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Hawaiian Emancipation?: Slavery, Free Labor, And Indentured Labor In Nineteenth-Century Hawaii, Mark Thomas Guerci Jan 2015

Hawaiian Emancipation?: Slavery, Free Labor, And Indentured Labor In Nineteenth-Century Hawaii, Mark Thomas Guerci

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"The Pretended Riot Explained": Citizen Sovereignty And The Mashpee Revolt, Michaela Kleber Jan 2015

"The Pretended Riot Explained": Citizen Sovereignty And The Mashpee Revolt, Michaela Kleber

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


From Charlesfort To Jamestown: French And English Imperial Efforts In Early American History, Cornelia Thompson Jan 2015

From Charlesfort To Jamestown: French And English Imperial Efforts In Early American History, Cornelia Thompson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The Brafferton Estate: Harvard, William And Mary, And Religion In The Early Modern English Atlantic World, Mark Mulligan Jan 2015

The Brafferton Estate: Harvard, William And Mary, And Religion In The Early Modern English Atlantic World, Mark Mulligan

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


In The "Spirit Of Investigation And Experiment": John Minson Galt Ii And Social Reform At The Eastern Asylum, Elise Aminta Salles Jan 2015

In The "Spirit Of Investigation And Experiment": John Minson Galt Ii And Social Reform At The Eastern Asylum, Elise Aminta Salles

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Distresses Of Mind, Body, And Estate": The Connection Between Status And Property In Colonial Virginia As Exhibited By Loyalist Claims, Kasey Marie Sease Jan 2015

"Distresses Of Mind, Body, And Estate": The Connection Between Status And Property In Colonial Virginia As Exhibited By Loyalist Claims, Kasey Marie Sease

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Of Circuit Riders And Circuit Courts: A Case Study Of The Methodist Border Conflict In Antebellum Virginia, Douglas Paul Gleason Jan 2015

Of Circuit Riders And Circuit Courts: A Case Study Of The Methodist Border Conflict In Antebellum Virginia, Douglas Paul Gleason

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"In Noe Wise Cruelly Whipped": Indentured Servitude, Household Violence, And The Law In Seventeenth-Century Virginia, Caylin Elizabeth Carbonell Jan 2015

"In Noe Wise Cruelly Whipped": Indentured Servitude, Household Violence, And The Law In Seventeenth-Century Virginia, Caylin Elizabeth Carbonell

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Behind The Scenes At William And Mary: Front Stage History And Backstage Archaeology, Tiffany Olivia Little Jan 2014

Behind The Scenes At William And Mary: Front Stage History And Backstage Archaeology, Tiffany Olivia Little

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Possessing The Holy Land: The Palestine Exploration Fund And The American Palestine Exploration Society, Ashley M. Irizarry Jan 2014

Possessing The Holy Land: The Palestine Exploration Fund And The American Palestine Exploration Society, Ashley M. Irizarry

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Temptress Of The Stage: Whither The Widow-Woman?, Kathryn Elizabeth Snyder Jan 2014

Temptress Of The Stage: Whither The Widow-Woman?, Kathryn Elizabeth Snyder

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Ruins Reframed: The Commodification Of American Urban Disaster, 1861-1906, Zachary Michael Hilpert Jan 2014

Ruins Reframed: The Commodification Of American Urban Disaster, 1861-1906, Zachary Michael Hilpert

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation explores images of urban disaster and related events produced from the Civil War to the dawn of the 20th century, seeking to understand the role such visual media played in the formation of American identity and racial perceptions. Images of disasters that appeared throughout this period demonstrate a desire on the part of a largely white, native-born consumer class to share in a collective grieving process, one that initially recalled the comforts found in the communal suffering of the Civil War, but habitually eschewed the most tragic elements in favor of an optimistic, nationalistic narrative free of lasting ...


An Enslaved Landscape: The Virginia Plantation At The End Of The Seventeenth Century, David Arthur Brown Jan 2014

An Enslaved Landscape: The Virginia Plantation At The End Of The Seventeenth Century, David Arthur Brown

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Lewis Burwell II designed Fairfield plantation in Gloucester County to be the most sophisticated and successful architectural and agricultural effort in late seventeenth-century Virginia. He envisioned a physical framework with the intent to control the world around him so that he might profit from growing tobacco, while raising his family's status to the highest in the colony through the display of wealth and knowledge and the enslavement of both Africans and the natural surroundings. The landscape he envisioned contrasted with those of the enslaved Africans he purchased and put to work in the fields and buildings surrounding his '1694 ...


Grandfathers At War: Practical Politics Of Identity At Delaware Town, Melissa Ann Eaton Jan 2014

Grandfathers At War: Practical Politics Of Identity At Delaware Town, Melissa Ann Eaton

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This research explores the meaning, construction, representation, and function of Delaware ethnic identity during the 1820s. In 1821, nearly 2,000 Delawares (self-referentially called Lenape) crossed the Mississippi River and settled in Southwest Missouri as a condition of the Treaty of St. Marys. This dissertation argues that effects of this emigration sparked a vigorous reconsideration of ethnic identity and cultural representation. Traditionally, other Eastern Algonquian groups recognized Delawares by the metaphoric kinship status of "grandfather." Both European and Colonial governments also established Delawares as preferential clients and trading partners. Yet, as the Delawares immigrated into a new "western" Superintendency of ...


"The Fatal Year": Slavery, Violence, And The Stamp Act Of 1765, Joshua Fogarty Beatty Jan 2014

"The Fatal Year": Slavery, Violence, And The Stamp Act Of 1765, Joshua Fogarty Beatty

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation argues that the American colonists came to resist the Stamp Act of 1765 through equating it with slavery, a state still understood as resulting from surrender in war. This metaphor both dominated print discourse and served to justify violence against supporters of the Act. Slavery rhetoric implied that resistance through violent struggle was essential for the colonists both to win their freedom and to demonstrate to the wider world that they deserved such freedom. Understanding resistance in these terms reveals the close connections between the rhetoric deployed against the Stamp Act and the actions taken against stamp officers ...