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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2018

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Of Fallen Heroes and Courageous Mothers: The Making of Martyrdom and Maternalism in the Movimento Feminino Pela Anistia, 1975-1985, Marina Adams
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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The ‘Black Republic’ on their Mind: African Americans and the U.S. Occupation of Haiti 1915-1934, Jerry Altemar
Department: History; Political Science

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The Politics of Acceptability: The British Union of Fascists and British Society, Malachi Bailey
Department: History

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“You Don’t Have to Live Next to Me, Just Give Me My Equality!” An Exploration of the Art of James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, and Nina Simone, and Their Criticisms of Racist America from 1955-1967, Asha Beasley
Department: History

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Geologists With Borders: American Scientific and Cultural Interactions with Europe and Japan after the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, Brandon B. Bell
Department: Geology; History

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Politics of the Space Race: Episode in the History of the Space Race, Alexander S. Bloom
Department: History

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‘I takes freedom:’ A Digital Project on Black Youth and their Practice of Resistance from 1865-1914., Blaire Bosley
Department: History

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Clothing Makes the Man: Constructing Morality and Masculinity Through Depictions of Men's Clothing in the Victorian Era, Anne Carney
Department: History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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A Visual Analysis of the Medical Profession as Portrayed Through Nineteenth Century Painting and Photography, Caroline A. Click
Department: Art and Art History

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Fantastic Orientalism, Max A. Cohen
Department: History

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Wine, Women, and Woodcuts: the Maintenance of the Isolated Landsknechte Marginalized Society in Sixteenth-Century Germany, as Shown through the Dissemination of Military Genre Prints, Kathryn Connors
Department: History; Art and Art History

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The Man Behind "Corduroy": The Life and Art of Don Freeman, Ellie R. DePastino
Department: History

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The Role of Children in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Paintings: Social Distinction and National Identity, Helena Enders
Department: Art and Art History

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Illuminate: Nightlight Lamp & Lantern Series, Kari Everson
Department: Art and Art History

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Citizens in Name Only: Civil and Human Rights of Algerians in France, 1958–1961, Shelley Grostefon
Department: History; French and Francophone Studies

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A History of Displacement: Gentrification and Black Activism in Portland, Oregon, Ryan Harms
Department: History

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The Double Burden: An Examination of the Political and Social Violence Experienced by Black Activists Participating in Nonviolent Protest During the Modern Civil Rights Era, Desmond Hughes
Department: History

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Community vs. Capital: How the Ideals of Community Caused Religion to be the Driving Force in the Attempt to Save Youngstown’s Steel Industry, Jason C. Lillie
Department: History

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Dam It: Grand Coulee Dam, Electricity, and the Making of the Modern Pacific Northwest, Stephen Lumetta
Department: History

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Putting Socks on an Octopus: The Nature of United States Military Medicine During the Vietnam War, Kimiko McBryde
Department: History

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Help! She’s Fallen and She Can’t Get Up!: Pre-Raphaelite Depictions of the Fallen Woman and the Consequences She Faces, Specifically in the Works of William Holman Hunt, Lander McCarthy
Department: Art and Art History

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Experiences of the Plague in 14th Century Avignon, France, Hope E. Nelson
Department: History; Sociology and Anthropology

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Locality Test of the Simple Ocean Data Assimilation (SODA) in the Bering Strait, Jacob Nowell
Department: Art and Art History; Geology

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The Peoples Car and American Culture, Christian Peralta
Department: History

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Dangerous Consumers: A History of Credit Inequality, Christopher J. Perrin
Department: History

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The Importance of Children's Literature: Combating Children's Understanding of Gender Roles/Biases Informed From Meida, Ashley Christine Plassard
Department: Art and Art History; Education

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Influences Throughout the Generations, Jessy A. B. Pojman
Department: Art and Art History

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The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of Montessori in the United States, 1910–Present, Emily Regenstreif
Department: History

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The Role of the Horse in Pre-Ming China, Kristen N. Scott
Department: History

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A Cause for Freedom: Analyzing and Digitizing the Lane Theological Seminary Records for a Modern Audience, Madeline E. Smith
Department: History

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Fire in the Hole: The United Mine Workers of America and Their Struggle Against the State and Mine Operators in Gaining Comprehensive Health and Safety Regulations, William Swales
Department: History

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McKinley, Eisenhower and Bush: The Importance of Military Experience in Presidential Nominations and Elections, Benjamin N. Vesper
Department: History; Political Science

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Cosmopolitan Love: Contextualizing and Reimagining Race in America, Vy Vu
Department: Art and Art History; English

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The Lady or the Tramp: An Analysis of the Public and Private Gendered Representation of Countess Constance Markievicz, Natalie Walsh
Department: History

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Studs Terkel: Bard, Entertainer, or Historian?, Ian D. Weissman
Department: History

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Gateway to Discrimination: An Analysis of Race and Class Issues Embedded in Cleveland’s Gateway Project, Hannah R. White
Department: History

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Conserving Land, Restoring People: The Promise of New Deal Environmental Policy, Ann Wilkinson
Department: History

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"If I Didn't Define for Myself, I Would be Crunched into Other People's Fantasies of Me and Eaten Alive." An Exploration of how Angela Davis, Nina Simone, and Audre Lorde Influenced the Notion of Self-Definition During the Black Power Era, Grace Williams
Department: History

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"Axing" Questions About Gender: Media Representations of Lizzie Borden, Abigail Woltman
Department: History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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Women Marine from World War I to the Vietnam War, Cristina Ancog
Department: History

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The Silenced Directors; The careers and films of Alice Guy (Alice Guy Blache), Lois Weber, and Dorothy Arzner., Jacqueline J. Angulo
Department: History

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The Game of Art: An Analysis of Venetian and Florentine Military and Economic Identity by Artwork from 1300AD to 1600AD, Andrew Beck
Department: History

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An 'Answer to Hopes and Dreams': Utopianism, Progressivism, and the American Spatial Tradition in the New Deal Resettlement Community of Greenhills, Ohio, Jared M. Berg
Department: History

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A Lens of Our Own: A Feminist Photovoice Exploration of LGBTQ+ Experience at The College of Wooster, Foster J. Cheng
Department: Art and Art History; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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"A New Weapon - A New Monster - The Walkout": The East Los Angeles Student Walkouts of 1968, Camille G. Christenson
Department: History

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The Impact of the Civil War on the Reconstruction of Elite Southern Womanhood, Louisa MC Dallett
Department: History

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“Marching Mothers”: The Battle for Desegregation in Cleveland Public Schools, 1957-1976, Theresa Dunne
Department: History

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The Other Side of the Frontier: Examining Plains Indian Change from 1680-1890, John Evans
Department: History

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Manuscripts Don't Burn: The Nazi Book Burnings and the International Response, Ian P. Ferguson
Department: History

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Major American Cookbooks as a Window to the Past: Analysis of The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, The Joy of Cooking, The Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, and Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Kathryn A. Gallatin-Broad
Department: History

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Dead Cultures, Imagined Contexts: The Ogtogmaní-khün, Emily Brett Glickman
Department: Art and Art History

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Saint or Politician: A Gendered Analysis of Catherine Benincasa’s Letters, Jacob Hailperin-Lausch
Department: History

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Plays with Words: Understanding Visual Interpretation through Ed Ruscha's Text Works, Claire E. Ilersich
Department: Art and Art History; Philosophy

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The Science of Art- Exploring the Gum Bichromate Process- Landscape Microscopy and Geo-Photography, Cassidy D. Jester
Department: Art and Art History

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Self Portraits, Mariah Joyce
Department: Art and Art History

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Germany and the Syrian Refugee Crisis: The Complexities of National Identity and the Handling of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, Megan Koeneman
Department: Global and International Studies; History

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Collective Memory of the American Civil War in Kentucky Historical Romances, 1890-1915, Jacob D. Kowall
Department: English; History

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In Housewives We Trust: A Look at the Influence on the Gendered Advertisements and Promotion of Food Measures During World War II in the United States, Memphis Leichter
Department: History

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Reforming the Victorian Woman: Femininity and Fashion in Victorian America 1850-1900, Dora Mase
Department: History

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The Quest: An Analysis of Betty Jean Lifton's Adoption Narrative and Connections to the Adoption Rights Movement, Alexis E. Musselman
Department: Communication; History

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Its All in the Family: A Case Study Analysis of Northern European Transatlantic Migration and the Creation of Life in America, Christine L. O'Grady
Department: History

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The Art of Function: An Exploration in Reclaimed Furniture Design, Abbey E. Partika
Department: Art and Art History

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The Scopes Trial of 1925, the American Press, and Multiple Public Spheres, Connor James Polak
Department: History

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Running in Place: The United States War on Drugs in Colombia (1960-2003), Aidan N. Prien
Department: International Relations; History

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How Long Can We Tolerate This? Understanding the Wallace Vote, Racial Backlash in the Metropolitan North, & the Emergence of the Modern American Right, Frederik W. Schoenfeld
Department: History; Political Science

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The Cicada's Lullaby: Myth and Media in Feminism and Appalachian Culture during the Kennedy Years, Lucas R. Skoglund
Department: Film Studies; History

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Priestess of Potnia: A Story of Women, Cult Practices, and Mycenaean Society in the Bronze Age Aegean, Bethany K. Smith
Department: Classical Studies; History

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'Freedom for the Captives': A critical analysis of the movement to save the life of Troy Anthony Davis, Chadwick Smith
Department: Africana Studies; History

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Beach Haven: A Photographic Exploration of Long Beach Island, Theresa M. Spadola 2945985
Department: Art and Art History

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Firing the Classics Canon: Combining Latin Language Learning and Social Studies Pedagogy in a First-Year Latin Classroom, Alexis Spencer
Department: History; Classical Studies

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Blight and Brutality: A Study of Housing and Police in Relation to the 1967 Detroit Uprising, Giancarlo M. Stefanutti
Department: History

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Bermuda's Impact on the Relationship Between England and America, Simon P. Thompson
Department: History

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Great Camp Sagamore: An Integration of Nature, Architecture, and the Sublime, Allison Turner
Department: Art and Art History

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For Country, Liberty, and Money: Privateering and the Ideologies of the American Revolution, Scott D. Wagner
Department: History

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Finding Our Wayne: A Case Study of Including Local History in Secondary Education using a Digital History Project, Catherine Walker
Department: Education; History

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Finding Salvation Through Pilgrimage: Dante’s Influences on Hell scenes and Chaucer and the Relationship to Salvation, Alexandra Wendt
Department: Art and Art History; English

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The Lost Connection Between Evangelicalism and Women in the Three Great Movements of the Twentieth Century: Prohibition, Women's Suffrage and African American Civil Rights, Clare A. Zanger
Department: History; Religious Studies

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Calculating the Course: The Impact of Mathematical Research on the Undergraduate Mathematics Curriculum, 1930-1950, Marjorie Zeager
Department: History; Mathematics

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Education, Sati, and Missionaries, Tara Abhasakun
Department: History

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Amassing Subsistence: Creating an Environment Through Objects and Time, Matilda J. Alexander
Department: Art and Art History

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Near and Far: A Series of Paintings Exploring the Concept of Home, Hannah Ayers
Department: Art and Art History

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From Port to Open Ocean: The Development of the U.S. Navy from the Mexican American War to the Spanish American War, Henry F. Bauerschmidt
Department: History

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By George, He's the First! An Examination of Britain's First Hanoverian Monarch, His Public Perception, and Role in Stabilizing the Parliamentary Monarchy, Bridget R. Brately
Department: History

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s Just My I.S.: An Historical Exploration of Superheroes and American Identity, Caroline G. Breul
Department: History

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The Rubber City’s Other Export: Harvey Samuel Firestone’s Urban Investment and Employee Management Policy in Akron, Ohio and Liberia, Marcus Carano
Department: History

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Serendipity in Liminality: A Photographic Study of the Liminal Space in Music Performance, Chelsea B. Carlson
Department: Art and Art History

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Living the American Dream in the Eyes of Immigrants: A Study of Italians and Jews from 1870-1920, David Castrignano
Department: History

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Living the American Dream in the Eyes of Immigrants: A Study of Italians and Jews from 1870-1920, David Castrignano
Department: History

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Living the American Dream in the Eyes of Immigrants: A Study of Italians and Jews from 1870-1920, David Castrignano
Department: History

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Battle for the Birthing Chamber: Gender, Tools, and Writings in Childbirth in Early Modern France, Anna Claspy
Department: History

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The Schools of Choice: An Evolutionary History of Charter Schools and the Charter School Movement, Sheamus G. Dalton
Department: History

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Making and Mindfulness: How Process-Oriented Tasks Encourage Reflection and Lead to Recovery, Devin DeLaney
Department: Art and Art History

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Home Is Where…? : A Visual And Textual Exploration Of Home, Nostalgia, And Persona, Dallas K M Dickey
Department: Art and Art History; English

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The Scholar, the Teacher, the Saint: The Life, Work, and Nonviolent Philosophy of James M. Lawson, Jr., Kristen Estabrook
Department: History; Religious Studies

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The Hero, Villain, Martyr, and Terrorist: John Brown and his Portrayal throughout History, Joseph R. Gilmore
Department: History

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From "The Bear" to "The Ball Coach": The Evolution of College Football Coaches from 1945-2015, Daniel S. Gorzynski
Department: History

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Dungeons, Dunces, and Dragons: The Collapse of the Post-War American Family in the 1980s Satanism Scare, Nicolaus J. Hajek
Department: History

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There is No Return to Normalcy: How Warren G. Harding Addressed the Issue of Race Following the Great War, Brett J. Hall
Department: History

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Khrushchev’s Nuclear Gamble: Misjudgment, Rhetoric, and Cold War Politics in The Cuban Missile Crisis, Nicholas Halle
Department: History

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No Laughing Matter: Medicine and Pregnancy in Giambattista Basile’s Tale of Tales, Greta Hayer
Department: History