History

Senior Theses

*Denotes regional or national award-winning project

2018

  • Troy Hall – “The State of Franklin: America’s Only Failed State”
  • Adeline LeMaster – “Southern Women at Odds: The Grimke Sisters and Mary Boykin Chestnut, 1830-1865”
  • Austin Marler: “Secession in North Carolina: The Untold Debates that Led to the Civil War”
  • Trevor Reising: “Killing Patriarchs and Buddhas: Gender Role Inversion via Masculine Suicide in Tokugawa Japan”
  • Shaylyn Sargent – “Let’s Narrow it Down to Everything: Placing History in a Larger Context through Big History”

2017

  • Quinlan Blackmon – “The Changing Times: Integration in Hillsborough, North Carolina, 1954-1972”
  • Jennifer Cardonia – “Credit to Black Womanhood: African American Women and Hairdressing in NC, 1930-50”
  • Brandon Cheek, “Apprehensive Assimilation: Political and Cultural Negotiation between the Cherokee Nation and Protestant Missionaries, 1800 to 1830”
  • Adrienne Enoch – “Weathering the Continuous Storm:  African Americans and Jim Crow, Madison Co, NC”
  • Gil Gilreath – “Divine Supremacy:  Southern Baptist Convention and White Supremacy, 1845-1861”
  • Mason Lipman – “Bringing Up the Blues: The Delta Blues, the Chicago Sound and American Popular Culture”
  • Justin Schronce – “A Nation Removed: Squatters Role in Cherokee Removal 1785-1837”
  • Jamie Whitesides – “Democracy in Action: John Dewey’s Influence on Black Mountain College, 1933-1936”

2016

  • Daniel Nelson – “The Struggle for Conscientious Objection:  The Amish Experience in the Civil War”
  • Clay Peregoy – “Liston B. Ramsey: Mountain Populist and Western North Carolina Icon”

2015

  • Roman Blevins – “Pruning the Oak:  Roman Motivation for the Repression of the Druids”
  • Ken Dixon – “Struggling to Reach the American Dream:  An Italian Immigrant Story in the Mississippi Delta”
  • Landon French – “Creating Self-Identity:  Eastern Cherokee as a Nation, 1840-1867”
  • Taylor Frizzell – “History of Hunting and Conservation on the Biltmore Estate”
  • Matthew Frye – “The Different Faces of Slavery: Slavery in Madison and Iredell Counties”
  • Sarah Johnson – “Women’s Stories from the Rural Home Front:  NC’s Piedmont during WWII”
  • Jon Leonard – “Make Me Wanna Holler:  Pop Music’s Plea for Cultural Understanding”
  • Tess McGill – “Every Child for Hitler:  The Training of Future Leaders and Mothers in Nazi Germany”
  • Madison Moss – “Protecting Cultural Treasures:  The Ballad Tradition of Beach Mountain, NC”
  • Mercedes Rich – “The Tragic Life of the C.S.S. Neuse”
  • Cadence Wilmoth – “The Melungeons, 1930s-1940s: A Struggle against Racism”

2014

  • Ben Abbott – “The Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki:  A Reconsideration”
  • Brooke Johnson – “Survival and the Atomic Bomb:  Contested Views in 1950s America”
  • Andrew Little – “Spiritual Brothers:  Religious Pluralism and Chaplains of World War II”
  • Benjamin Phillips – “Classical Iconoclasts:  Comparing Ukiyo-e and Pop Art”
  • Allison Pipes – “Dear Abby and Gender Expectations in the 1950s”
  • Clarissa Roberts – “Rosenwald Schools:  A Beacon of Hope for Black Students in the South, 1913-1965”
  • Heath Silver – “The Rise and Fall of Asheville’s Racing Heritage”

2013

  • Jacob Ashley – “A Canine Conundrum: The Treatment of Military Working Dogs in WWII and the Vietnam War”
  • Cody Clifton – “Spider-Man:  Average Superhero, or Catalyst for the Ideas of the 1960s Counter-Culture?”
  • Andrew Greer – “Sweden, a Light in the Darkness of Jewish Refugees?”
  • David Moore – “Raising the Flag on the Moon: A Statement for the World”
  • Josh Patterson – “Is All History a Product of its Time?” How Context Affects Historical Interpretation
  • Michelle Payne – “Be Officers, Be Gentlemen: How Women’s Involvement in Vietnam Shaped the US Military”
  • Laken Pilgrim – “Slavery and Public History:  Interpreting Slavery at the Zebulon B. Vance Site”
  • Seth Saylor – “Good Roads for Good People: The Good Roads Movement in East TN, 1890-1930
  • Ashley Spears – “Child Labor in the US in the late 19th Century: Competing Public Perspectives”

2012

  • Josh Dean, “The Social and Economic Impact of Spindletop Oil on Beaumont, Texas”
  • Dana Holcombe, “Work Yes, Handout No: Madison County and the New Deal”
  • Stephanie McGrath, “The United Nations and the Battle for Women’s Equality”
  • Chelsea Parker, “Richmond’s Jim Crow and Two Paths to Equality, 1954 -1968”
  • Michael Robinson, “War on Drugs, War on Student Rights, 1980 – 2000”
  • Rachel Rogers, “Peddlers of the Apocalypse: Chernobyl and its Imprint on the Ukrainian People”
  • Zach Searcy, “Beauty and Modernity in 1920s Appalachian Tourism”
  • Tyler Shuler, “Race and Gender Discrimination at Augusta National Golf Club”
  • Tiffani Taffer, “Caretakers of the Home front: Women of Appalachia during World War II
  • Stephanie Weikle, “Moonshine and Corruption in Catawba, NC, 1920 -1922”
  • Sarah Wilson, “The American Perception of China in National Geographic Magazine, 1900 -1949”

2011

  • Logan Buchanan, “Erasing History: Removing Homesteaders from the Great Smoky Mountains NP”
  • Katie James, “Confederate Spies: Rose O’Neal Greenhow and Belle Boyd”
  • Benjamin Miller, “Prologue to Conflict:  English Theatre and its Critics in the Elizabethan Era”
  • Traci Morgan, “Exhibiting Filipinos:  Imperialism and Racism in the 1904 World’s Fair”
  • Derek Prevette, “Grabbing British Coattails:  Caleb Cushing’s 1843 Mission to China”
  • Kelsey Steele, “Ava Gardner: Hollywood Goddess, Hometown Beauty”
  • Dustin Stone, “America’s Forgotten Patriots: The Japanese American 442nd Regiment in WWII”
  • Jonee Taylor, “Preserving Cultural Legacies:  A History of Cherokee Basketry and Tourism”

2010

  • Yonatan Arnold, “The Progressive Movement in Atlanta, Georgia”
  • *Patrick Cash, “Jim Crow’s Lawyer: Sen. Sam Ervin’s Opposition to the Civil Rights Movement”
  • Natalie Haithcox, “The Impact of Title IX on Women’s College Sports”
  • Derek Hernandez, “The Shelton-Laurel Massacre in Madison County, North Carolina”
  • Mason Huffman, “Alaric and the Fall of the Roman Empire”
  • *Yi Lu, “Struggle and Massacre: China’s Leadership in the 1989 Beijing Student Movement”
  • *Trey Mayberry, “Sam Phillips, Elvis, & Rock N’ Roll: A Cultural Revolution”
  • Greg Smith, “Shoeless Joe Jackson: Overcoming Banishment”
  • Tyler Stephenson, “The History of the Rough Creek Cloggers of Waynesville, North Carolina”

2009

  • Todd Allen, “How British Women Shaped the Discourse over Concentration Camps in the Boer War”
  • Amanda McMahan, “A Mixed Legacy: Heriot Clarkson and the Creation of Little Switzerland”
  • Chris Phillips, “How Asheville’s Gay Culture Influenced Economic and Social Change”
  • *Wes Skidmore, “The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 and the Christiana Riot of 1851: A Juxtaposition of Race Relations in Free Northern States”

2008

  • Steve Bailey, “Prohibition in Yancey County, North Carolina”
  • Jessica Blanford, “The Doolittle Raid: The American and Japanese Response”
  • Natasha Cannon, “Working Women: Domestic Servants at the Biltmore House”
  • Libby Fitzpatrick, “The Impact of German U-Boat Warfare in Carteret County, North Carolina”
  • *Tyler Greene, “The 1925 Coal Glen Mining Disaster: NC’s Deadliest Workplace Accident”
  • Ashley Griffin, “The Downfall of Henry VIII”
  • Courtney King, “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”
  • Josiah Larson,  “Nazism and Christian Dissidence, 1930-1935”
  • Ryan McCoy, “The Impact of the Nixon-Kennedy Debates on the 1960 Presidential Election”
  • Rick Miller, “The Gradual Loss of Freedom: Indentured Servitude to Chattel Slavery”
  • Megan Percy, “British Immigrants to Wisconsin in the mid-Nineteenth Century”
  • Doug Yarborough, “The Mission of the CSS Hunley during the Civil War”

2007

  • Camila Bahr, “The 1929 Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina”
  • Colbe Klein, “The Cherokee Ballgame: A Resurrection of the Past”
  • Andrea McCrary, “The Women’s War Effort on the Home Front in Mt. Airy, North Carolina”
  • Cherish McHone, “School Desegregation in Yancey County, North Carolina”
  • Lance Renes, “Ancient Sparta: An Athletic Society”
  • Pam Sherwood, “The Forgotten POWs of the Korean War”

2006

  • Sara Craig, “’Equality’ vs. ‘Satisfaction’: The Loss of the Cherokee’s Political Presence”
  • Brandon Freeman, “F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Time in Western North Carolina”
  • Anne G’Fellers, “The Armenian Question and the American Answer (1915-1923)”
  • Randall Laws, “How did Yancey County Citizens view the Confederate Flag during the Civil War?”
  • Bekah Ludlow, “Keeping their Children Alive: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo”
  • Ben Pierson, “Toyotomi Hideyoshi: Great Unifier of Japan”
  • David Rhoney, “Sheriff Jesse James Bailey: The Lion of Madison County”
  • Matthew Vogel, “The Templar Knights”
  • Matthew  Waisner, “Driven to Piracy: The Piracy of the 17th and 18th centuries”