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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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A Study of Rising Gentrification and Resisting Displacement in Two Gay Neighborhoods in America: Chelsea, New York City and The Castro, San Francisco, Saralyn R. Abrams
Department: Urban Studies

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Stepping into Psychosis: An Examination of the Ethics of Embodying Madness Onstage, Marisa Adame
Department: Theatre and Dance

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The Modulatory Influence of Interventions on Empathic Neural Responses to Pain for Christian and Muslim Faces, Makenzie Adkins
Department: Psychology

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Skilled Emigration, Return, and Human Capital Formation: A Game Theoretic Approach, Ruben Aguero Quinteros
Department: Economics; Mathematics

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The Social Critic of Metal: A Rhetorical Analysis of Disturbed’s Lyrics on Social Issues, Johnston E. Allinder
Department: Communication

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

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Governing the Fifth Domain: Examining Approached to Internet Governance and their Impact on Cyber Attacks, Henry Anderson
Department: Political Science

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A Mathematical Modeling Examination of the Changing Social, Economic and Environmental Indicators for Infant Mortality Rates Across The United States, Sophia Anderson
Department: Mathematics

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Adjusting to Life in the United States: A Qualitative Study on the Acculturation of Female Refugees from Iraq in the US, Caroline F. Andrews
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Studying the Changes in Aggressive Behavior of Male Betta Fish (Betta Splendens) When Exposed to Endocrine Disrupting Compunds, Charles Angelastro
Department: Biology

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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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Pulling the Plug on a Community Hospital: An Analysis on the Intersection of Gentrification and Affordable Healthcare Access in New York City's West Village, Beatrice S. Apikos-Bennett
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Theory Versus Reality: Contract Farming Within Uganda, Margaret Archibald
Department: Business Economics

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Development of Mesoionic Carbene Ligands Containing Hydrogen-Bonding Functionalities for the Metal-Catalyzed Oxidative Coupling of Amines and Alcohols, Diego E. Arellano
Department: Chemistry

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The Role of PKA and Cyclic AMP During Sleep Deprivation in Drosophila Melanogaster, Noah Armstrong
Department: Neuroscience

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Coevolution of a Coral Snake and Its Mimic: An Experimental Analysis of the Effect of Body Size on Predation, and the Geographic Variation of Clelia clelia, April M. Arquilla and Richard M. Lehtinen
Department: Biology

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Locational Decisions of Charter Schools: Probing Market-Oriented School Choice, David Arroyo
Department: Economics

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Real-Time PCR Analysis of a Salt Stress Responsive LncRNA in Arabidopsis under Salt Stress Conditions, Peter J. Arts
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Broken Windows, Broken Bodies: An Analysis of the Reform Discourse in Federal Reviews and Investigations of National and Local Law Enforcement Practices, Cecilia Azar
Department: Interdepartmental

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Improving p-XRF Capabilities for In Situ Geochemical Analysis: A Case Study of Arkansas's Magnet Cove and Stanley Shale, Elizabeth Backman
Department: Chemistry; Geology

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Empathy and Similarity-Attraction Within a Group Setting, Sarah C. Bacon Ehlers
Department: Psychology

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“You PC, bro?” “Why is your title gendered?” Examining Political Correctness on The College of Wooster Campus, Emilio S. Bartlett Asenjo
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Dogs as a Mediator for Stress, Judith Basting
Department: Neuroscience

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Characterizing Ribonucleotide Reductase's Role in Promoting Genomic Instability in tsa1Δ Mutants, Brianna L. Bauer
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Effects of Marijuana Decriminalization on the U.S. Prison Population, Michael Bay
Department: Business Economics

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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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Gotland and the East: A Study of Viking Age Trade Relationships Between Major Ports and the Swedish Island of Gotland, Maxwell D. Becker
Department: Archaeology

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Effects of Acute Social Stress on Ejaculate Parameters in Heterosexual Men, Jarek Beegan
Department: Biology

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Brachiopods of the Decorah Formation exposed in northeastern Iowa and southeastern Minnesota (Sandbian, Upper Ordovician), Dominique B. Bell
Department: Geology

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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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"None of Us Got a PH.D in Life Coaching": A Qualitative Study of Interpersonal Communication Dynamics in a Modern Undergraduate Mentorship Setting, Jack Berthiaume
Department: Communication

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Who Are You When You’re Online? A Study of How People Present Themselves in their Online Dating Profiles and the Stigma of Online Dating, Danielle M. Besancon
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Increasing Diversity in Chemistry and Environmental Education: Making Outdoor, Experiential Education more Accessible to High School Chemistry Teachers, Molly Dysis Billings
Department: Chemistry

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Get Out of Town: An Analysis of the Chicago Public Transportation System and its Effects on Neighborhood Stability, Grace E. Billiter
Department: Urban Studies

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Food, Media and Body Image: On how food and body type influences internalization and resulting viewer Body Dissatisfaction, Nichapar Boonparlit
Department: Psychology

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Clara Schumann: A Look Into the Life of an Unrecognized Composer, Madeline R. Boreman
Department: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Mechanistic Investigation into the Liver Kinase β-1 – AMP-Activated Protein Kinase – Phosphagen Kinase Phosphorylation Cascade, Camille K. Boufford
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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The Efficacy of a Reading Pull-out Intervention on Student’s Rate of Improvement and Positive Reading Attitude, Rylee R. Bouillion
Department: Education; Psychology

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Investigating Changes in Protein Markers Following Sleep Deprivation in Drosophila Melanogaster, Petra N. Boutros
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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The Effect of pH on the Direct Photolysis of Warfarin in Aqueous Solution, Bailey B. Bowers
Department: Chemistry

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An Analysis of Female Entrepreneurs: A Focus on Persuasion Techniques and Leadership Tactics To Present Ones Virtual Self Successfully, Alexis Boyd
Department: Communication

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Radical Adornments: Subversion Through Self-Presentation, Dorian I. Boye-Doe
Department: Philosophy

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Effects of Metal Salts and Anoxia on the Photodegradation of Red Food Dyes, Catherine Boyles
Department: Chemistry

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"(Org) I.D. Please?": A Rhetorical Analysis of Organizational Identities and Online Recruitment Strategies of Small Liberal Arts Colleges, Kaitlin P. Bradshaw
Department: Communication

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Got Light? : A Study of the Physical Properties of Single-Layer Organic Light-Emitting Diode Devices Using a Poly(p-phenylene vinylene) Derivative, Harley Brandstadter
Department: Chemistry

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Communicating Identities: An Examination of Senatorial Bill Sponsorship in a Pre- and Post-9/11 Context, Lucy I. Brazil
Department: Political Science

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The Big Man and The Big House: The Influence of Protestantism on the Danish and American Prison Systems, Elizabeth C. Brewington
Department: Religious Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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Effects of Video Games on Group Perception and Prejudice Reduction, Linea K. Brouse
Department: Psychology

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An Analysis of The Surreal Number System, Aaron C. Brown
Department: Mathematics

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Experiences and Misrepresentation of Minority Leadership in Football, Troy Brown
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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A genetic approach to examine how the Thioredoxin system influences genomic stability in S. cerevisiae, John Buchan
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Synthetic Progress Towards Regioselective Disulfide Bond Formation via Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition, Zachary T. Buchan
Department: Chemistry

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Exploring the Significance of Water in Crystallographic Formation Through the Analysis of Olivine, George C. Buehler
Department: Geology

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A Stroll Through Cantor's Paradise: Appraising the Semantics of Transfinite Numbers, Matthew R. Buranosky
Department: Mathematics; Philosophy

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From Witches to Bitches: Revealing the Patriarchal Structure of The Crucible Through Feminist Scenic Design, Shannan V. Burrows
Department: Theatre and Dance

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The Intended Protection of the Free Exercise Clause: An Analysis of Employment Division v. Smith and Hybrid Rights Theories, Hannah E. Buzolits
Department: Political Science

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"God Only Knows What I'd Be Without You" : Music, Memory and Family Narrative, Kathryn A. Cameron
Department: English

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Attempting to Identify the Calcium-Dependent Sodium Channel in Paramecium Tetraurelia, Thomas J. Camp
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

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Balance and Conflict: A Comparative Ethnography of the Experiences of Conflict Japanese Christians Face When Balancing Their Cultural and Religious Identities in Japan and the United States of America, Jasmine Carruth
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Determining the effects of polyadenylation on long noncoding RNA expression and stability in response to stress, Allyson Caselberry
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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What’s Race Got To Do With It: The Preparation and Perceptions of Social Workers Working with Diverse Racial Populations, Ashley N. Casey
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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The Effects of Performers' Facial Expressions on Emotion Perception in Music, Rachel Castle
Department: Psychology

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Miles Davis and the Emergence of Chord-scale Theory in Jazz Improvisation and Composition, Alexander P. Chabraja
Department: Music

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Problems of Irrationality: Self-Deception and Akrasia, Akiksha Chatterji
Department: Philosophy

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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 Effects of Parental Conflict and Divorce on Attachment Security and Perception of Couples on College Students, Elizabeth Clark
Department: Psychology

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Determinants of Fundraising Efficiency for Religious and Nonreligious Nonprofit Organizations, Benjamin F. Cluss
Department: Business Economics

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Let's Talk, An Investigation of Speech Generating Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Lamin K. Cobb
Department: Communication

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The Evaluation of Organosilica Sorbent Media for the Removal of Perfluoroalkyl Compounds from Drinking Water, Rachel M. Collins
Department: Chemistry

Magnetic Susceptibility as an Indicator of Anthropogenic Alteration to Three Wisconsin Temperate Lakes, Andrew L. Conaway
Department: Geology

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Beliefs, Barriers, and Bridging Gaps: Clinical Care in an Urban Puerto Rican Population, Celia S. Connolly
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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Generational Effects of d-amphetamine on ADHD-like Behaviors, Fred D. Coplin
Department: Neuroscience

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Examination of the Effect of High Level Zinc Exposure on Alzheimer's Disease Related Memory in Mice, Natalie Coschigano
Department: Neuroscience

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Circadian Rhythm-Gating of Salinity Stress-Induced Transcription Factor Expression in Solanum lycopersicum, and Implications in Sustainable Agriculture, Kelsey E. Coyne
Department: Biology

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Modeling the Dynamics of Epigenetic Changes on Key Pluripotency Genes in Response to Reprogramming, Laura J. Cremer
Department: Biology

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Coercive Sexual Encounters: Adult Attachment as a Predictor of Emotional Response, Olivia Cretella
Department: Psychology

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Picture This: The Effect of Imagery and Processing Type on False Memories, Gabrielle Croes
Department: Neuroscience

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A Comparative Analysis of the Māori and Shoshone Bannock People and their Utilization of Volcanic Geothermal Features, Lucy Cummins
Department: Sociology and Anthropology

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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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An Examination of Family-Centered Care and Parent Training Provided by Speech-Language Pathologists in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Improve the Discharge Transition, Lindsay S. Dalzell
Department: Communication

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Progress Towards the Diastereoselective Synthesis of Dipeptide Analogs via the Use of Chiral N-acylhydrazone Auxiliaries in the Ugi Reaction, Anna V. Davies
Department: Chemistry

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The Femme Fatal: How do Different Gendered Messaging Techniques Impact Public's Attitudes Towards Perceived Threat of a Female Terrorist?, Haley C. Davis
Department: International Relations

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Self-interpreting Animals: Understanding the Self and the Meanings of Life, Milo E. Davis
Department: Philosophy

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Evidence of Differential Expression in the Calcineurin Gene Family in Paramecium Tetraurelia And Science in Fiction is not always Science Fiction: An analysis of the German Vergangenheitsbewältigungsliteratur through a Science Fiction Lens as a means to discredit Nazi Racial Science, Alexander G. Day
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; German Studies

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Widespread Hybridization of the Red- Backed Salamander (Plethodon Cinereus) and the Northern Ravine Salamander (Plethodon Electromorphus) Throughout the State of Ohio, Joseph M. DeFelice
Department: Biology

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The Perceptions of Accent in a Global Economy: The Effects of Accent Modification on Employment, Elizabeth de la Chapelle
Department: Communication

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Investigating the Molecular Underpinnings of Learning and Memory Defects Using a Drosophila Melanogaster Model of Intellectual Disability, Ginelle Doerr
Department: Biology

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Importing Ballet to Bhutan: An evaluation on Dance Value and Cultural Interaction, Leiden C. Doma
Department: Philosophy; Theatre and Dance

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

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Exploring The Molecular Function of cAMP and Phosphodiesterase PDE1C during Axon Pathfinding in Drosophila Melanogaster, Alexandra R. Elchert
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Does it Pay to Play? A Study of the Employability of Student Athletes, Davis Elkins
Department: Economics

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Giving HerStory A Platform: Why Female Slave and Neo-Slave Narratives Should be Integral Components of Inner City Middle School Curricula, Christina L. Elliott
Department: English

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Identification of Catalytic Residues in the 3C-like Protease of Maize chlorotic dwarf virus, Anna Emmick
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Transient Absorption of CdSiP2 and ZnGeP2, Herokazu Endo
Department: Physics

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"Do Not Underestimate Objects": Objectification and Commodification in Infinite Jest, Janel England
Department: English

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“Common Core”: Revising the Common Core Text Selection Process to Change the Literary Canon, Carly A. Eppler
Department: Education; English

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Development of a Novel Method of Unrestricted Polypeptide Synthesis Utilizing a Salicylaldehyde Based Auxiliary Molecule, Jake Eshelman
Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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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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Eden, Katharine M. Everett
Department: English