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The Honorable Fraternity Of Moving Merchants: Yankee Peddlers In The Old South, 1800--1860, Joseph T. Rainer Jan 2000

The Honorable Fraternity Of Moving Merchants: Yankee Peddlers In The Old South, 1800--1860, Joseph T. Rainer

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Yankee peddlers were ubiquitous in the countryside and in the imagination of the Old South. Social and economic forces pushed young men off the farms of rural New England and pulled them into an expanding, national market. The shortage of land for a burgeoning population spurred the exodus from the countryside, while the lure of profits from a vocation with low entry costs attracted many young men who preferred seeking the main chance in the commercial marketplace to a state of protracted dependency as a farm hand, a factory operative, or an outwork producer. Hired by firms to peddle clocks ...


Religious Change And Plateau Indians: 1500 -1850, Larry Cebula Jan 2000

Religious Change And Plateau Indians: 1500 -1850, Larry Cebula

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study is an ethnohistorical examination of Indian religious responses to contact with Euroamericans on the Columbia Plateau, from 1600 to 1850. Plateau natives understood their encounter with European civilization primarily as a momentous spiritual event, and sought new sources of spiritual power to cope with their rapidly changing world. White people seemed to the Indians to have an abundance of spirit power, and many native religious efforts were aimed at capturing some of this power for themselves. These efforts included the protohistoric Prophet Dance, the syncretic "Columbian Religion" of the fur trade era, and the initial enthusiastic response to ...


"To Lay What Restraint They Could": Deerskins, Regulators, And Social Disorder In The South Carolina Backcountry, 1761-1772, Robert Paulett Jan 2000

"To Lay What Restraint They Could": Deerskins, Regulators, And Social Disorder In The South Carolina Backcountry, 1761-1772, Robert Paulett

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Neither Bedecked Nor Bebosomed": Lucy Randolph Mason, Ella Baker And Women's Leadership And Organizing In The Struggle For Freedom, Susan Milane Glisson Jan 2000

"Neither Bedecked Nor Bebosomed": Lucy Randolph Mason, Ella Baker And Women's Leadership And Organizing In The Struggle For Freedom, Susan Milane Glisson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation examines the feminized and racialized strategies of women organizers in the struggle for freedom. The lives of Lucy Randolph Mason and Ella Jo Baker suggest much about the ways in which women reject and change traditional leadership roles in order to create, build, and maintain the momentum of mass movements. Both women believed in the fundamental necessity of local people determining the responses to their oppression. This work, therefore, is an attempt to offer a description of Mason and Baker's organizing strategies and leadership styles, a description which can be read as a manual for creating social ...


Atoms, Pounds And Poor Relations: The Illusion Of An Anglo-American Special Relationship, 1941-1946, Edward J. Gustafson Jan 2000

Atoms, Pounds And Poor Relations: The Illusion Of An Anglo-American Special Relationship, 1941-1946, Edward J. Gustafson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Warfare In Colonial America: Prelude And Promise, David Michael Corlett Jan 2000

Warfare In Colonial America: Prelude And Promise, David Michael Corlett

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Ruled With A Pen: Land, Language, And The Invention Of Maine, Gavin James Taylor Jan 2000

Ruled With A Pen: Land, Language, And The Invention Of Maine, Gavin James Taylor

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

As Europeans expanded across North America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, they parceled their territorial acquisitions into a variety of administrative subdivisions. Naming and dividing the land became an integral part of the project of colonization; the conquest of territory involved the transformation of unknown places into clearly defined jurisdictions. This dissertation examines the invention of one jurisdiction, the state of Maine, viewing the evolution of its borders as a reflection of the growth of state power in the region. Seeing an inextricable link between social and territorial boundaries, it ties the development of the territory of Maine to ...


Bootlegging And The Borderlands: Canadians, Americans, And The Prohibition -Era Northwest, Stephen T. Moore Jan 2000

Bootlegging And The Borderlands: Canadians, Americans, And The Prohibition -Era Northwest, Stephen T. Moore

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Between 1920 and 1933, no issue in Canadian-American relations proved more contentious or more intractable than prohibition. While American enforcement authorities and diplomats repeatedly sought the assistance of the Dominion government to stop the flow of liquor across the border, not until 1933 did Canada acquiesce to American requests. In the meantime, Canadian brewers, distillers, rumrunners, and bootleggers were more than happy to assuage the parched throats of their American neighbors.;By examining the geographic, historical, political, economic, social, and cultural fabric of the bilateral relationship in the Pacific Northwest borderlands, this study takes a regional approach to explain the ...


The Shenandoah River Gundalow And The Politics Of Material Reuse, Seth C. Bruggeman Jan 2000

The Shenandoah River Gundalow And The Politics Of Material Reuse, Seth C. Bruggeman

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The Illustrated Map: Cartography And Power In Seventeenth Century Virginia, Christine Jeanette Green Jan 2000

The Illustrated Map: Cartography And Power In Seventeenth Century Virginia, Christine Jeanette Green

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Behind The United Front: The Effects Of Anglo-Powhatan Relations On Settler Conflict And Consensus In Virginia, 1607-1675, Stephen D. Feeley Jan 2000

Behind The United Front: The Effects Of Anglo-Powhatan Relations On Settler Conflict And Consensus In Virginia, 1607-1675, Stephen D. Feeley

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"From A Determined Resolution To Get Liberty": Slaves And The British In Revolutionary Norfolk County, Virginia, 1775-1781, Brian David Palladino Jan 2000

"From A Determined Resolution To Get Liberty": Slaves And The British In Revolutionary Norfolk County, Virginia, 1775-1781, Brian David Palladino

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The Language Of The Clergy: Religious And Political Discourse In Revolutionary America, 1754-1783, Cristine E. Maglieri Jan 2000

The Language Of The Clergy: Religious And Political Discourse In Revolutionary America, 1754-1783, Cristine E. Maglieri

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Black Pilots, Patriots, And Pirates: African-American Participation In The Virginia State And British Navies During The Revolutionary War In Virginia, Kolby Bilal Jan 2000

Black Pilots, Patriots, And Pirates: African-American Participation In The Virginia State And British Navies During The Revolutionary War In Virginia, Kolby Bilal

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Defending The Constitution, Nicholas M. Wolf Jan 2000

Defending The Constitution, Nicholas M. Wolf

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Exercising Their Freedom: The Great African-American Migration And Blacks Who Remained In The South, 1915-1920, Patrick E. O'Neil Jan 2000

Exercising Their Freedom: The Great African-American Migration And Blacks Who Remained In The South, 1915-1920, Patrick E. O'Neil

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Bonds Of Friendship And Mutual Interest": Virginia's Waterways Improvement Companies, 1784--1828, Lawrence Jeffrey Perez Jan 2000

"Bonds Of Friendship And Mutual Interest": Virginia's Waterways Improvement Companies, 1784--1828, Lawrence Jeffrey Perez

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The purpose of this study is to review the creation and progress of the four Virginia waterways improvement companies which had their origins in the 1780s: the Potowmack Company, the James River Company, the Upper Appomattox Company, and the Dismal Swamp Canal Company. Primary research focused on company journals and family papers, legislative petitions, the annual reports of the Virginia Board of Public Works, and contemporary periodicals.;This study reveals that Virginians' approach to waterways improvements was simultaneously classical and liberal. The improvement advocates clung to an Opposition belief that a healthy republican polity depended on the existence of a ...


Encounters, Identities, And Human Bondage: The Foundations Of Racial Slavery In The Anglo-Atlantic World, Michael Joseph Guasco Jan 2000

Encounters, Identities, And Human Bondage: The Foundations Of Racial Slavery In The Anglo-Atlantic World, Michael Joseph Guasco

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The problematic relationship between racism and slavery has occupied the attention of several recent generations of scholars. Too often, however, the works produced have been limited by a reliance on familiar "American" sources, an inflexible temporal scope, and an overly restricted terrain. This dissertation seeks to break out of the confines of this generally teleological and parochial tradition in order to explicate the larger social and cultural context in which Anglo-American racial slavery was forged. In particular, it is argued that racism and slavery were not necessarily linked together in the English imagination before the settlement of Jamestown and that ...


To Urge Common Sense On The Americans: United States' Relations With France, Great Britain, And The Federal Republic Of Germany In The Context Of The Vietnam War, 1961-1968, Eugenie M. Blang Jan 2000

To Urge Common Sense On The Americans: United States' Relations With France, Great Britain, And The Federal Republic Of Germany In The Context Of The Vietnam War, 1961-1968, Eugenie M. Blang

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

America's Vietnam War had profound ramifications beyond its immediate effect on Southeast Asia and the United States. This dissertation utilizes the debate over Vietnam between the United States and its major European allies, Britain, France, and West Germany, as an analytical framework to examine inter-allied relations. The "Vietnam problem" strained the traps-Atlantic alliance and revealed the respective self-interest of the four member nations. The British, French, and West Germans had serious misgivings about the American strategy in Vietnam, based on a differing view of the nature of the conflict and a pessimistic assessment of American chances for success in ...