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Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

2013

American Studies

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Fixing What Has Been Broken: The United States' Actions In The Aftermath Of The Looting Of The Iraq National Museum During The 2003 Invasion, Jonathan David Yost Jan 2013

Fixing What Has Been Broken: The United States' Actions In The Aftermath Of The Looting Of The Iraq National Museum During The 2003 Invasion, Jonathan David Yost

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Southern Orientation: Reimagining Asian American Identity And Place In The Global South, Frank Sung Cha Jan 2013

Southern Orientation: Reimagining Asian American Identity And Place In The Global South, Frank Sung Cha

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Asians have been part of the American South's physical, cultural, and economic landscape since Reconstruction when plantation owners introduced Chinese immigrants to replace newly freed African Americans as their primary labor source. Nearly a century later, sweeping immigration reform led to the influx of thousands of Asian immigrants who transformed the region's social, economic, and physical landscapes. Southern Orientation: Reimagining Asian American Identity and Place in the Global South utilizes twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, film, and oral histories to investigate how the socio-spatial practices of Asians produce new iterations of place-bound identities that unsettle traditional notions of southern ...


"You Can't Say 'No' To A Soldier": Sexual Violence In The United States During World War Ii, Michaele Katherine Smith Jan 2013

"You Can't Say 'No' To A Soldier": Sexual Violence In The United States During World War Ii, Michaele Katherine Smith

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Between 1939 and 1946 the number of rapes in the United States increased approximately 45 percent. This project strives to explain the cultural factors the fueled this increase. Existing societal beliefs and the legal system of this period held rape victims responsible for their own victimization. Additionally, the wartime mobilization of the 1940s liberated millions of young men from community and family moral surveillance. Some men experienced this liberation as license to coerce sex from women. Popular culture accepted and even praised sexual aggressiveness in men, especially military men, and linked women's sexuality to their patriotism. The combination of ...


Deviants Of Great Potential: Images Of The Leopold-Loeb Case, John Carl Fiorini Jan 2013

Deviants Of Great Potential: Images Of The Leopold-Loeb Case, John Carl Fiorini

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Deviants of Great Potential analyzes the 1924 Leopold-Loeb case as a cultural narrative with important effects on the marginalization of same-sex sexuality in men throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. After Chicago teenagers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were arrested for the United States' first nationally recognized "thrill killing," the apparently motiveless murder of fourteen-year-old Robert Franks, the Leopold-Loeb case became an instant cause celebre. The popular fixation on the case continued in the decades after 1924, as journalists and behavioral scientists treated it as a precedent for understanding a certain type of crime and criminal. Meanwhile---especially after ...


"History Written With Lightning": Religion, White Supremacy, And The Rise And Fall Of Thomas Dixon, Jr, David Michael Kidd Jan 2013

"History Written With Lightning": Religion, White Supremacy, And The Rise And Fall Of Thomas Dixon, Jr, David Michael Kidd

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Baptist minister and author of novels, plays, sermons, and essays, Thomas Dixon, Jr. today remains most known as the storyteller behind the 1915 D. W. Griffith Film The Birth of a Nation. I argue that Thomas Dixon crafted a white supremacist rhetoric and narrative of modern whiteness indebted to the structures of Fundamentalist Christianity. With varying degrees of success, later writers struggled with the legacy the Dixonian cultural narrative bequeathed them.;Fundamentalist theology offered a whole host of tropes, metaphors, and arguments to its users. In short, Fundamentalism presented a rhetorical stance that was, in the hands of an ambitious ...


From The Unpolished To The Refined: The Evolution Of The Furniture Trades At Hampton Institute, 1868-1960s., Vanessa Darlene Thaxton-Ward Jan 2013

From The Unpolished To The Refined: The Evolution Of The Furniture Trades At Hampton Institute, 1868-1960s., Vanessa Darlene Thaxton-Ward

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No abstract provided.


"To Draw Pleasure And Instruction": Robert Gilmor, Jr And Collecting The Early Republic, Janine M. Yorimoto Jan 2013

"To Draw Pleasure And Instruction": Robert Gilmor, Jr And Collecting The Early Republic, Janine M. Yorimoto

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"Every American Should Stand Here Once": Jamestown's 400th Anniversary Commemoration And The Creation Of An American Origin Narrative, Elizabeth Howard Jan 2013

"Every American Should Stand Here Once": Jamestown's 400th Anniversary Commemoration And The Creation Of An American Origin Narrative, Elizabeth Howard

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No abstract provided.


From The Middle Of Nowhere: Place-Making On My Supermodern American Road, Maxwell Allen Werner Jan 2013

From The Middle Of Nowhere: Place-Making On My Supermodern American Road, Maxwell Allen Werner

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No abstract provided.


"You Are Not The Father!": Family, Blood, Race And Maury In America, Robyn Elizabeth Markarian Jan 2013

"You Are Not The Father!": Family, Blood, Race And Maury In America, Robyn Elizabeth Markarian

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"Quick! Do Something Manly!": The Super Bowl As An American Spectacle Of Hegemonic Masculinity, Violence, And Nationalism, Jan Huebenthal Jan 2013

"Quick! Do Something Manly!": The Super Bowl As An American Spectacle Of Hegemonic Masculinity, Violence, And Nationalism, Jan Huebenthal

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No abstract provided.


Imagining Saigon: American Interpretations Of Saigon In The Twentieth Century, Evan Cordulack Jan 2013

Imagining Saigon: American Interpretations Of Saigon In The Twentieth Century, Evan Cordulack

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Saigon has occupied an important place in the American imagination. Captivated by its French colonial past, a diverse array of American writers romanticized the city's "tree-lined streets" as the "Paris of the East" and the "Pearl of the Orient." as the United States extended its influence in Vietnam over the course of the twentieth Century, culminating during the 1960s, Saigon experienced America's growing presence. Americans composed photographs and writings, both personal and published, to make sense of the changing city and the changing public opinion of the war. The juxtaposition of American-occupied French colonial architecture with the visual ...