Writing

Historical Research

The Lost Colony of Roanoke: An Example of Historiographical Reform

May 2017

An evaluation of the historical writing on the lost colony of Roanoke over the last forty years.

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The Roles of Historic Preservation and Urban Revitalization

October 2017

Historic preservation gained momentum after the conclusion of World War II, when many mainstream families fled to the suburbs, leaving cities full of immigrants, the impoverished, and racial minorities that were falling down around them. Andrew Hurley defines historic preservation as it being “bett

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Regarding Struggles for Latin American Independence

1/25/2018

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries Latin and Central American colonies under Spanish and Portuguese rule subsequently declared and fought for independence. From 1808 to 1825 individual colonies succeeded in winning their struggles for independence as their own nations and republics. Of part

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American Indian Activism: Taking A Look At Discourse in Sociopolitical Conflict

August 2017

A discussion regarding the nature of the Red Power Movement, starting with the occupation of Alcatraz from 1969 to 1971 and through the standoff at Wounded Knee in 1974.

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Toward A Balanced Public History

September 2017

History cannot be only absolute or only relative, but must maintain a balance of each. Absolute aspects of history are the actual people and events that took place. These are statistics that cannot be changed. Relative history is how these same aspects are interpreted as a whole. Relativity is w

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Popular Memory in Public History: A Discussion

October 2017

Recently, representation in museums has become part of a larger debate over whether or not popular public memory should influence the writing of history and the construction of museum exhibitions. While it is important to note that history is not the same as collective memory, it is also important

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A Discussion of the French Revolution

December 2017

How the transition into the reign of King Louis XVI led to the outbreak of violent revolutionary tactics in 18th century France.

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Comparing the American and French Revolutions

December 2017

For over 200 years historians have compared and contrasted the American and French Revolutions, outlining the causes of each and how Western civilization was changed by their occurrences. While some of the causes of the revolutions were similar in nature, the initial sparks for each were quite diff

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The Story of Haiti

December 2017

On January 1st, 1804 the inhabitants of Saint-Domingue, now Haiti, declared independence from France. The declaration came after decades of dissension between the whites and blacks of the colony, which resulted in violence of the most extreme natures. In Avengers of the New World, Laurent Dubois s

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Enlightened Post-Secular Democracy

1/28/2018

The 18th century European Enlightenment set the stage for the rise of modernity and the birth of secularism. Over 200 years later, are we seeing the birth of a new modernity altogether that is "post-secular?"

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Modern Challenges for Public History

February 18, 2018

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Egyptian Influences in Ancient Canaan: A Socioeconomic Analysis of an Ancient Superpower's Fall

September 16, 2018

The conquest of Canaan has been the subject of a lot of controversy for hundreds of years as scholars debate the causes and whether they were the result of divine intervention or external influences, such as the domination of Canaan by the Egyptians.

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Anthropology and Ethnography

Affective Dimensions of an Online Fandom Community

May 2015

It is no secret that many people, especially young people, spend lots of time on social media, but what are they actually doing while they’re scrolling through their phones or staring for hours at a computer screen? Tom Boellstorff stipulates that many of these individuals are taking part in what h

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Mother, May I? Analyzing Social Structure within American Food Culture

May 2016

Exploring gendered notions of domestic foodwork through the mid-20th century to the present. What does the value placed on proper place settings and meal presentation say about American dominant social cues?

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Kinfolk: Our Items Make You More Valuable

May 2016

Exploring the community of Kinfolk magazine.

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The Story of American China

May 2016

Detailing the history of the Syracuse China Corporation and the emergence and evolution of American china.

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English and Creative Writing

John Keats' Negative Capability

November 2014

Exploring the famed poet's concept of Negative Capability.

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Lucy Gray: An Adaptation

November 2014

A short work of fiction inspired by William Wordsworth's Lucy Gray poems.

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Piety as an Affect of the Interior State

November 2015

With the introduction of slave narratives, therefore, came the strategy of try to touch the hearts of white readers. In turn, the most obvious tactic to abolitionists and authors of many slave narratives was to use religion, particularly Christianity, in a way that puts the African American slave o

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Rent: Is Anyone In The Mainstream?

May 2016

Exploring the meaning of social discourse in the script of the original RENT musical with that of the movie adaptation. How does the deletion of certain scenes from the movie affect the message portrayed by the characters? Does the dynamic of the context change, or is it unaffected?

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Flash Fiction

Best Friends Forever? Or Never?

March 2016

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Candy Apple Red

February 2016

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Fairytale Moments

April 2016

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I'm Sorry That I Miss You

May 2016

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P.M.

February 2016

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Subliminal Messages

May 2016

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