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Summary Post

By • Aug 22nd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The opportunity I’ve had to conduct independent research this summer has been incredible. I’ve loved searching though the archives of William and Mary and creating a resource that will hopefully be helpful to the greater college community. I’m excited that my research is relatively new, topical, and specifically interesting to my school. It’s been challenging […]

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Final Week: Update 7

By • Aug 16th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This final week was dedicated to putting together my final essay. I’ve completed my primary research, and selected which pieces of primary evidence I’ll be focusing on in my essay. I’ve also compiled which pictures I’d like to include in order to present the best visual aides for my research. I gathered my secondary research […]

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Drafting Research: Week 6 Update

By • Aug 7th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I dedicated this past week to planning and writing the beginning drafts of my final research paper. The final result of my research will be an essay that I hope will educate others on the history of blackface minstrelsy at William and Mary. I hope to also illustrate how William and Mary’s students have become […]

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Week 5 Update

By • Jul 28th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week I’ve been wrapping up my secondary research. The largest challenge I face when formulating my final essay will be providing a concise yet comprehensive history of blackface in America. The history of minstrelsy in America is complex, and it is important that I examine every facet of minstrelsy’s past and legacy in order […]

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Narrowing Research: Research Update 4

By • Jul 8th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week I decided to narrow down my research to focus specifically on the history of blackface in the student culture of William and Mary. In the beginning, the discovery of the alleged photo of Governor Ralph Northam in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook sparked my interest in studying William and Mary’s yearbooks. After […]

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Wrapping Up The Echo: Week 3 Update

By • Jun 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week marked the wrap up of my initial examination of The Colonial Echo. I’ve looked through hundreds of student pictures and articles that chronicle the years at William and Mary. As I’ve moved through the years since 1899, I’ve seen a definite shift in the inclusiveness and diversity of the culture at William and Mary. […]

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Visiting Special Collections: Week 2 Update

By • Jun 2nd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week was filled with more paging through yearbooks. At the end of the week I went to Williamsburg to visit special collections in Swem library. I spent a few hours looking through fraternity and sorority records and photos. I also examined some of records from the William and Mary theatre program to look for […]

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Diving Into William and Mary’s Past: Research Update 1

By • May 20th, 2019 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Research, William and Mary

Finding a Method  In this past week, I began searching through the Colonial Echo yearbooks for examples of racism, racial insensitivity, or offensive traditions. I am extremely grateful that members of the special collections team at Swem library put in countless hours of work scanning yearbooks to make them available in the digital archives. After […]

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An Examination of the Evolution of Student Culture at William and Mary

By • Mar 29th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

   In recent months, various scandals have ignited conversation over the  racially insensitive histories of Virginia colleges. Inevitably, William and Mary has been drawn into this conversation as media outlets search for examples of poor conduct in the history of the College. This summer, my research will focus on the history of student culture at […]

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