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2017 Accolades

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Master of Arts in History View all accolades »

Students in the Master of Arts in History program conduct a comprehensive analysis of the major developments, events, and figures of the past through the pursuit of one of two tracks: American History and World History.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in History

The Barbarian Legacy: The Enduring Effects of Othering within the Colonial Experience

Author: Michelle Belmont
Abstract:

The destructive nature of imperial colonialism subverts traditional identities and creates new roles for both the colonizer and the colonized to such a degree that both groups struggle with redefining who they are within a new world system, even to the extent of accepting a vilified and undesirable role.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in History

The City of Galveston, Texas was Crucial to the Confederacy's War Effort

Author: Julia Moya
Abstract:

This paper discusses the role that Galveston, Texas played in the Confederacy's War effort as the last remaining deep water port open to the Confederacy. The discussion includes the Battle of Galveston in which the Confederacy won the island back from Union forces. The Port of Galveston was the only port city to be captured by Union forces and won back and held through the end of the war by the Confederacy. The island played an important role that grew in significance after the capture of New Orleans but Union forces.

  • 2016
  • Master of Arts in History

The Iron Lady: Margaret Thatcher's Rise to the British Premiership

Author: Pamela Williamson
Abstract:

One of Great Britain's most historic events occurred in May of 1979 with the election of the nation's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher would prove to be Great Britain's longest serving prime minister of the twentieth century holding office from 1979-1990. This was groundbreaking, especially in a major western nation, given that there are a limited number of female leaders in the West. However, while female leaders are not necessarily new or uncommon in Great Britain due to the reigning monarchy, Thatcher's presence in such a key office position was revolutionary especially considering that she had no royal lineage, but instead ascended from the common people. Similarly, Thatcher's historic victory combated the long held norm of male dominance within public office especially considering that she was the candidate of the Conservative Party and that party was not known to champion women. Due to all these circumstances, the mystery of how a common young woman from Grantham achieved enough distinction in the Conservative Party to rise to the highest office in the British government begs the question of, "Why did a conservative female win the 1970 General Election?"