Archives for the ‘Primary Sources’ Category

Update 7: Wilson and WWI Motivations

By • Aug 25th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Primary Sources, Research

The past few days, leading up to today, have been spent on the paper-writing grind. For my research’s final product, I decided to write a paper which I expect to be about 20 pages when I’m done. (That was the length suggested by my advising professor, who I met last Tuesday to discuss this stuff […]

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Update 6: Wilson, WWI Motivations, and Print Media

By • Aug 25th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Primary Sources, Research

After reading all of the journals and letters from the Library of Congress, I spent a couple of days last week examining print media via the Library of Congress’s digital catalog. (God bless the Internet). I thought that the media would be a good place to explore in order to see what kind of information […]

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Update 5: Library of Congress

By • Aug 19th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Primary Sources, Research

This past weekend, my hunt for World War I primary sources took me to the Library of Congress. After getting a special researcher ID made, I was allowed into the manuscript reading room where, with the help of one of the nicest librarians I’ve ever met, I was able to find and examine a new […]

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(Belated) Update 4: UVA Special Collections

By • Aug 12th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Primary Sources, Research

I paid a visit to UVA’s Special Collections last Tuesday and poured over lots of new primary sources. Because I wanted to maximize use of my time, while at the library I focused on taking pictures of the sources so that I could read/examine them in detail when I got home. Though just flipping through the letters and journals […]

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Update 3: 100 Year Old WWI Journals

By • Jul 15th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Primary Sources, Research

Now that I’ve gathered enough background information and have a definition of Wilsonianism to work with, I can finally start digging into the primary sources. I will be examining this sources to see if I can discern the motivations of typical Americans in serving their country in WWI.  I started at the library I’m most […]

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Update 1: Wilson and WWI Motivations

By • Jul 2nd, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Primary Sources, Research

After enjoying a few weeks at home to relax, I’ve finally started working on my Monroe project! My goal is to analyze the motivations of Americans who participated in World War I to determine exactly what their motivations were, and if their motivations aligned with the lofty idealism promoted by the President. But before diving […]

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ABSTRACT: The Motivations of American Soldiers in WWI

By • Apr 14th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Primary Sources, Research

This project will analyze the extent to which President Woodrow Wilson’s liberal idealism, which advocated for the United States adopting a more interventionist approach to spreading democracy and capitalism throughout the world, influenced the motivations of everyday American infantrymen in the First World War. Primary sources like journals, letters, and oral history interviews will be used […]

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Planning for the Plunge

By • Aug 10th, 2008 • Category: Advisors, Chinese, Comparative literature, General Technology, Independent Research, Primary Sources, Project Proposal, Research, Shakespeare

 As the Beijing Olympic Games captivate everyone’s attention (I know I’ve been glued to the TV for the last two days), I’ll continue my chronicles of adventures in Chinese Shakespeare research.    In this post I thought I would explain how I came up with my project proposal and outline the long road that led me to China. […]