History M.A. Thesis

Mar 24, 2014

Perpetual Improvement: A Potomac Environmental Story

Hall, Jesse Shain. “Perpetual Improvement: A Potomac Environmental Story.” (Under the direction of Dr. Matthew Booker.) On February 8, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson ordered the restoration of the Potomac River, asserting a landscape so “rich in history and memory […]

Mar 18, 2014

Southern Womanhood in Transition: The Writings and Reminiscences of Virginia Clay Clopton

Lyon, Meghan Ruth. “Southern Womanhood in Transition: The Writings and Reminiscences of Virginia Clay Clopton.” (Under the direction of Dr. Susanna Lee.) Historians have a love-hate relationship with Virginia Clay Clopton’s 1905 memoir, A Belle of the Fifties. Although frequently […]

May 6, 2013

Aristocratic Gentlemanliness and Revolutionary Masculinities among Virginia’s Delegation to the Continental Congress, 1774-1776

Jewett, Amanda Averall. “Aristocratic Gentlemanliness and Revolutionary Masculinities among Virginia’s Delegation to the Continental Congress, 1774-1776.” (Under the direction of Dr. Craig Thompson Friend.) There was never one type of manhood practiced in Virginia during from 1774 to 1776. Instead, […]

Apr 22, 2013

Mossadegh in America: A Turning Point, October 8-November 18, 1951

Lear-Nickum, Ian Cole. “Mossadegh in America: A Turning Point, October 8-November 18, 1951.” (Under the direction of Dr. Nancy Mitchell.) The Anglo-Iranian Oil Crisis officially began in April 1951, when the Iranian legislature nationalized Iran’s oil industry. This political action […]

Apr 22, 2013

The Changing British State during the Counterrevolution: The Role of the John Reeves’ Association Movement

Super III, Robert Thomas. “The Changing British State during the Counterrevolution: The Role of the John Reeves’ Association Movement.” (Under the direction of Dr. Brent S. Sirota.) The Association for Preserving Liberty and Property Against Republicans and Levellers was founded […]

Mar 28, 2013

Captivated by Texts: Male Anxieties, Editorial Input, and Reader Responses in Captivity Narratives, 1675-1724

Hall, Molly Suzanne. “Captivated by Texts: Male Anxieties, Editorial Input, and Reader Responses in Captivity Narratives, 1675-1724.” (Under the direction of Dr. Susanna Lee.) Captivity narratives produced in New England between 1675 and 1724 featured female protagonists that upheld idealized […]

Mar 26, 2013

Pageants of Sovereignty: ‘Merciless Indian Savages’ and American Nation-State Formation on the Northern Borderlands, 1774-1775

Mortimer, Loren Michael. “Pageants of Sovereignty: ‘Merciless Indian Savages’ and American Nation-State Formation on the Northern Borderlands, 1774-1775.” (Under the direction of Dr. Craig Thompson Friend.) When Thomas Jefferson denounced the Native American nations residing west of the thirteen colonies […]

Mar 19, 2013

Visions of Terrestrial Happiness: Natural History, Empire, and the Environment of Colonial North America, 1751-1791

Blakley, Christopher Michael. “Visions of Terrestrial Happiness: Natural History, Empire, and the Environment of Colonial North America, 1751-1791.” (Under the direction of Dr. Judy Kertesz.) Knowledge of nature, both scientific and literary, became a political discourse in colonial America and […]

Mar 19, 2013

Surveys of Ambition: Carolina in the Colonial Imagination, 1700-1721

Dixon, Bradley Joseph. “Surveys of Ambition: Carolina in the Colonial Imagination, 1700-1721.” (Under the direction of Dr. Judy Kertesz.) The prevailing historiography characterizes the growth of the British empire in the early American Southeast as a process driven by the […]

Mar 19, 2013

Putting Race in its Place: Race, Empire and Spaces of Belonging in Colonial Kenya, 1890s-1960s

Rouphail, Robert Michael. “Putting Race in its Place: Race, Empire and Spaces of Belonging in Colonial Kenya, 1890s-1960s.” (Under the direction of Dr. Owen Kalinga.) This thesis investigates how local politics of land ownership and global currents of imperial knowledge […]