The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2009

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"To Arms?" : A Historical Examination of Colonial Militias and How Such Information Should Effect Our Interpretation of the Right to Bear Arms, Garrett Toothman
Department: History

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The Viability of Nuclear Energy Based on Fear, Anthony Michael Trapuzzano
Department: History

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The Political Responsiveness of James K. Polk to Public Opinion Regarding the Mexican-American War or A Test of Carfted Talk in the 19th Century, Bryn H. Tulip
Department: History

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"Nothing But a Fiction": Rewriting History to Re-Imagine Identity in Third Generation Nigerian Fiction, Caitlin Tyler-Richards
Department: History

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"Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli" : The Godfather, The Sopranos, and the Evolution of the American Family Seen Through the Lens of Mafia Cinema, Michael Waseleski
Department: History

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An Alternativefor the Irish - "No" to Nice and Lisbon: Ireland's Path to Europeand Its Perceived Skepticism Towards the European Union, Nicholas M. Watkins
Department: History

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A Burdensome Relationship: George Bush's Relationship With China and Its Effect on Sino-American Relations 1989-1992, Andrew C. Wrenn
Department: History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2008

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The Problem of Memory in Post-Franco Spain, Amanda Bailey
Department: History

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The Women of the Uso in World War II, Emily G. Bowditch
Department: History

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Can the Hopes of "Never Again" Become a Reality? A Comparative Study of How Three of the Nation's Prominent Holocaust Museums Strive to Prevent Another Holocaust, Nicole C. Calderone
Department: History

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Earning Their Wings: The Military-Industrial Complex and Defense Procurement, Justin Chapman
Department: History; Political Science

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Treasures From the Coral Reef, Alanna Marie Clark
Department: Art and Art History

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Putting Her in Her Place: Gender, Archaeology, and the Anglo-Norman Castle, Elizabeth Sand Eckel
Department: Archaeology; History

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"Onward Christian Soldier" : The Allegorical Relationship Between the Crucified Christ and Great War British Soliders on the Western Front and the Essence of Clerical Revivalism As Expressed in Primary Accounts of the War Experience, and Presented With the Mourning Breed, and Original Devised Performance Piece in One Act, Sarah B. Engdahl
Department: History; Theatre and Dance

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Para Mi Gente, José A. Esparra
Department: Art and Art History

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Lemonade Lucy and The Debutante: The Changing Images of Two Notable First Ladies, Katherine A. Foulds
Department: History

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Ohio Volunteer Infantries: Heroes of Gettysburg and the Union, Devin Fulk
Department: History

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A Revealing and Remarkable Transformation: An In-Depth Analysis of the Complex Life and Evolution of Malcolm X, Andrew Paul Garnett
Department: Africana Studies; History

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The Evolution of the Military-Industrial Complex and the History of the Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit Bomber, Steven Allen Hammerschlag
Department: History

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The Stolen Generation: A Historical Examination of the Social, Political, and Economic Impact of Colonization on the Aboriginal People and their Culture: 1788-2008, Sarah Jean Hammond
Department: History

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Silent Lines: Comics and the Language of Image, Julia Vodrey Hendrickson
Department: Art and Art History

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Tactical Change: the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, 1954-1981, Peter B. Hill
Department: History

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Jamaican Slavery and British Oppression, Margaret Howland
Department: History

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To Boldly Go Where No Country Has Gone Before: Star Trek and American Values in the Late Twentieth Century, Fay Hughes
Department: History

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Look Into the Subconscious Mind: Manipulated By Society's Rules For Beauty and Perfection, Jennifer Christian Jones
Department: Art and Art History

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From Abstract Expressionism to Pop Art: Approaches to the "Masculine Masquerade" in the Work of Roy Lichtenstein, Katherine Louise Kelley
Department: Art and Art History

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From Anglo-Saxons to Anglo-Normans: the Origins of Medieval England, Donald A. Kolich
Department: History

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Sideshow: An Artistic Expression of Social Insecurities, Nancy Luken
Department: Art and Art History

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Street Gangs in New York During the 1970s, Brandi McClure
Department: History

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Fascist Jewish Policy: Unofficial, Official, and Inconsistent, Abigail Padfield
Department: History

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Impermanence of Life and Light, Emma Powell
Department: Art and Art History

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Controversies Surrounding the Jonathan J. Pollard Espionage Case, Eric C. Rossi
Department: History

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Postwar Collinwood: the Crisis and Transformation of a Cleveland Neighborhood, Jared J. Sankal
Department: History

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Nightshades, Tara Severance
Department: Art and Art History

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"You Say You Want a Revolution": How the 1960s Shaped Today's Culture with Specific Attention to Music and Drugs, Margaret Warfield Shepherd

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"You Say You Want a Revolution": How the 1960s Shaped Today's Culture with Specific Attention to Music and Drugs, Margaret Warfield Shepherd

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From Chains and Shackles to Bentley Dreams: the Influence of Social Advancement and Change on the Hip Hop Culture, Brian Robert Smith
Department: History

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Wired Emotions: Blurring the Boundary Between Sculpture and Design, Kristen Sorek
Department: Art and Art History

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Oversexed, Overpaid, Overfed and Over Here: the American Military Presence in Britain 1942-1944, Megan Thomas
Department: History

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Journey to a New Realism: Kazimir Malevich's Transcendence to the Supreme in Art, Jordan B. Tobin
Department: Art and Art History

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Historical Perspective and Modern Realities: An Analysis of Health Insurance in Rural Tanzania, Nicholas A. Weida
Department: History

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Slavery and Shari'a: Khartoum's Oppression in Southern Sudan During the 1980s, Heather Williams
Department: History

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Animals Through My Eyes, Courtney Wuensch
Department: Art and Art History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2007

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Politics, Planning, and Popular Movements in Postwar Detroit: Urban Redevelopment Under the Cavanagh and Young Administrations, Alexander Balloon
Department: History; Urban Studies

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Chippewa Lake Park: the Evolution of One Park Through America's Fascination With Amusement, Byron T. Barlow
Department: History

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Artist and Aging: Becoming Aware of the Timeless, Julianna M. Barringer
Department: Art and Art History

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Opportunistic Racism's Role in the Changing International Relationship Between the United States and Iran Since the 1940's, Dante V. Benincasa
Department: History

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The Fairy Tale in History: Wild Swans and Donkey Skin As Sources of the Social History of Early Modern Europe, Marta Best
Department: History

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Bill Graham's Influence on the Counterculture Movement: An Analysis of His Business Tactics, Demeanor, and Impact on the Live Concert Industry, Robert Raymond Block
Department: History

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Staging a Reality: the Reaffirmations of Mainstream American Identity Through Three Native American Historical Outdoor Dramas, Kristen J. Cooperkline
Department: History; Theatre and Dance

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A Picture Can Save a Nation: An Analysis of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Joe Rosenthal's Flag Raising Photograph, and the U.S. Marine Corps, Christopher M. Craig
Department: History

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Exploration of Memory: a Grandfather's Past, a Grandchild's Present, Gina M. Crough
Department: Art and Art History

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Humanity vs. The Other, Kassandra Dobson
Department: Art and Art History

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Football Captures the Nation: An Analysis of Professional Football's Growth and It's Reflection of American Culture, Brandon Michael French
Department: History

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Excavation of American Reconstruction, James Philip Augustine Furgol
Department: History

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Lapse in American Memory: An Examination of Japanese American Internment Camps During World War II, Caitlin A. Gillette
Department: History

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The Alamo: From Footnote to Legend, Edward Glick
Department: History

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Artisans of the Bedchamber: Concubines and Ji of the Tang Dynasty, Kara Gongaware
Department: History

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Suffering For His Art or Indulging in Carnal Pleasures: An In-Depth Look at Edgar Degas and His Monotypes, Scotti Grewe
Department: Art and Art History

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The Battle For Historic Preservation in America, Brendan Hayes
Department: History

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From "Truth, Justice and the American Way" to "The Only Verdict Is Vengeance": An Examination of the Changing Methods of Justice Found in Superhero Comic Books From the Golden Age to the Present, Thomas William Allan Hull
Department: History

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Burqas and Levis: Perspectives on the Assimilation of Second and Third Generation Immigrants in Great Britain, Erin Sutton Ingram
Department: History

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The English Military Revolution of the Hundred Years War and Its Impact on European Society, Robert P. Kelm
Department: History

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Seeking a Text of Her Own: (Con)Textualizing Women's Reputations and Agency in Late Medieval England, Elizabeth Jean Kerr
Department: History; English

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Portrait of the Artifice As a Young Man: Cold War Homophobia's Effect on the Comines of Robert Rauschenberg, 1954 Through 1959, Jenny Lockerby
Department: Art and Art History

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"You Know What They Say About a Person With Tattoos?:" A Historical Evaluation of Stereotypes Linked With Tattoos, David T. Loudenslager
Department: History

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Continental Union: OAU and the Challenges of Unity, Sarah Mayo
Department: History

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Audio-Visual: a Collection of Illustrations Derived From Captured Sound, Joanna McKeon
Department: Art and Art History

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Filling the Cup: Voltaire, C.S. Lewis, and the Inclusion of Religion in the Public Sphere, Kara M. Olson
Department: History; Religious Studies

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Continental Shift: the Evolution of American Imperialism and Hawaii's Struggle For Sovereignty, Catherine F. Paulson
Department: History

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Strangers in a Strange Land: of Jews, Japan and Their Tangled History, Jason N. Portner
Department: History

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"Jerome Has Legs": Classical Philology and Sacred Text in the Works of Saint Jerome, Desiderius Erasmus, and Martin Luther, Megan Grace Prichard
Department: Classical Studies; History

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Big Business Vs. Public Interest: the 1978 Default of Cleveland, Christina Rokakis
Department: History

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George Washington's Character and Religion, Grant M. Simmons
Department: History

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Evolution of Poison Gas in Germany From World War I to World War II, Andrew Stebbins
Department: History

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New Orlean's Colleges: Life After Hurricane Katrina, Emmanuel Paul Sterling
Department: Art and Art History

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Defend Yourself, While Your Hands Are Still Yearning: Norwegian Civilian Resistance to German Occupation and National Socialism, Elisabeth Stove
Department: History; German Studies

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"No Place For Children in a War:" the World War II Evacuation of British Children in History and Chidren's Fiction, Julia Stuckman
Department: English; History

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Fighting the Blues and Coping With Depression: a Historical Perspective, Linda M. Studer
Department: History

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Designing For the New Woman: Sonia Delaunay and "Coco" Chanel As Timeless Innovators, Leah C. Thompson
Department: Art and Art History

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Perceptions of Ethnicity in the Yugoslav Wars, Kristin Triebel
Department: History

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Influence of the Ringling Brothers on the Culture of the American Circus: An Analysis of Their Desire, Morality and Triumphs, Michael Robert Vyrostek
Department: History

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Johnnie Armstrong's Last Goodnight: the Impact of the Life and Death of a Scottish Border Thief, Amy Wadsworth
Department: History

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Six Day War: a Turning Point, Roy Edward Woodring
Department: History

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Fields of the English, They Are Buried Here': the Road to Culloden and Beyond, Broede D. Young
Department: History

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2006

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Rum-Running, Organized Crime, and Corruption in Detroit Helped Contribute to End Prohibition in 1933., Joe Agler
Department: History

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Smile: the Evolution of Orthodontics, Mark Alan Ballinger
Department: History

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Zaire and the Ebola Pandemic, Melanie Barkalow
Department: History

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Assessing the Assessments: the Continuning Failures of U.S. Strategic Intelligence, Will Behrendt
Department: History

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"Other Than That, He Was Completely Normal:" a History of the Tattoo in the United States, Julie S. Blodgett
Department: History

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Ramifications of Kloster-Zeven Revisited: As a Cause of British Victory in the Seven Years' War, Jack Boyd
Department: History

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Ukurikurakiza: a Journey Into the Heart of Rwandan Conflict, Kelly Brannan
Department: History

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Neoconservative Movements: Irving Kristol, Norman Podhoretz, and the Rise of Neoconservatism, Michael D. Broda
Department: History

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Resistance to Reconciliation: the Study of Healing Among Chilean Survivors of the Pinochet Regime, Emily Brooks Brown
Department: Spanish; History

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A Silent Minority No Longer: The Korean-American Community, Park Peter-David Chong Woo
Department: History

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We Were Brothers: Mandate and Monarch in Iraq and Jordan, 1918-1958, Bethany A. Comella
Department: History

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Public Opinion and the Presidency, Ryan Dobroka
Department: History

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A Measure of Humanity or Feeding the Guilty? Neutrality's Effect on the Humanitarianism of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Katherine C. Dunham
Department: History

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Prison Models and Organizational Agendas: A Reflection on the Historical Development of the American Prison System, Shawn Joseph Handy
Department: English; History

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Happily Ever After? Three Modern Day Fairytales, Jayna Hanson
Department: History