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"To Dress Against Nature And Reason": Fashion And Transgressive Dressing In The Mid-To-Late Eighteenth Century British North Atlantic, Brenna Buchanan Jan 2017

"To Dress Against Nature And Reason": Fashion And Transgressive Dressing In The Mid-To-Late Eighteenth Century British North Atlantic, Brenna Buchanan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Because of changes due to Atlantic trade, commerce, consumption, and continual expansion across the globe, ideas of the natural and artificial shifted rapidly for those in the British North Atlantic during the mid-to-late eighteenth century. An increased relationship between the idea of the control of nature and greater human improvement through clothing, hairdressing, and costuming emerged. This meant that clothing styles changed very quickly. Certain items of clothes, along with the actions of transgressive dressing prompted contemporaries to revisit and reconsider their relationship with nature and artifice. Clothing's greater availability made it an unreliable tool for creating distinctions between ...


“Where The West Began: Environment, Transportation, And Capitalism In Marion County, Indiana, 1820-1860”, Kelly Stephen Wenig Jan 2017

“Where The West Began: Environment, Transportation, And Capitalism In Marion County, Indiana, 1820-1860”, Kelly Stephen Wenig

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation examines Midwestern development and focuses on the early development of Marion County, Indiana, through the end of the Civil War and examines the ways that the region’s overwhelmingly rural residents adapted to the challenges and successes of the urban growth and market interconnectivity that they sought from the moment of settlement. Starting with initial meetings of the Marion County Commissioners and examining major municipal turning points including the passage of the Mammoth Internal Improvements Bill, the Panic of 1837, the arrival of the first railroad a decade later, and the onset of the Civil War, this work ...


Developing Little England: Public Health, Popular Protest, And Colonial Policy In Barbados, 1918-1940, Brittany J. Merritt Mar 2016

Developing Little England: Public Health, Popular Protest, And Colonial Policy In Barbados, 1918-1940, Brittany J. Merritt

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation analyzes struggles over the development of Barbadian health and sanitation during the period between the world wars. In doing so, it examines how the British Empire tried to use development policies to maintain its power overseas during the interwar years. During this period, British policymakers sought to improve health and sanitation to pacify restive Barbadian laborers influenced by transnational pan-African and socialist ideas following the First World War. However, white Barbadian elites, influenced by ideas of eugenics and population control, opposed metropolitan efforts to develop health and sanitation in the colony. Rather than repairing the colonial relationship, British ...


Grains Of God: Planting Faith And Growing Cold War Fears In Iowa During The 1950s, Lindsay John Bell Jan 2014

Grains Of God: Planting Faith And Growing Cold War Fears In Iowa During The 1950s, Lindsay John Bell

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The decade of the 1950s was a challenging time for the United States as the nation coped with racial inequalities at home and dealt with a Cold War abroad. America believed that freedom - rooted in democratic principles - provided the ideal political and social structure for the rest of the world to emulate.

Using Iowa during the 1950s as a case study, this thesis argues that the United States government perceived communism as a greater threat to American security than it actually posed. Legislators in Washington feared that communism threatened to destroy the American way of life inciting them to push ...


Sacrificing Our Daughters: Changing Perceptions Of Prostitution In Iowa, 1880-1915, Hope C. Mitchell Jan 2014

Sacrificing Our Daughters: Changing Perceptions Of Prostitution In Iowa, 1880-1915, Hope C. Mitchell

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In response to the urbanization and industrialization that occurred throughout the nineteenth century, people across the country began to reevaluate their perceptions of prostitution during the later part of the nineteenth century and into the early part of the twentieth century. As young women began to migrate to cities looking for factory and domestic work, parents became concerned by the dangers that their daughters would face in the city. This concern was especially felt within the Midwest, where farm families were heavily dependent upon the labors of their daughters. As they transitioned into the later part of the nineteenth century ...


The Jewish Trail Of Tears The Evian Conference Of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer Jan 2011

The Jewish Trail Of Tears The Evian Conference Of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this thesis was to explore the origins, formulation, course and outcome of the Intergovernmental Committee for Political Refugees meeting (better known as the Evian Conference) of July 1938. Special emphasis was placed on contemporary and later historical assessments of this assembly which represented the first international cooperative attempt to solve an acute refugee crisis. A general review followed by a more detailed evaluation was made of existing official and un-official accounts of the meeting utilizing both public records, private diaries, books, newspapers, journals and other periodicals for the period of January 1, 1938 through December 31 ...