Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Sarah E. McCartney
Richard Lee Turits
This thesis examines the complex origins of Williamsburg as a place of national historic interest, focused around the arrival of the railroad and its role in the transformative process. I mainly rely on surviving primary sources, such as newspaper advertisements, clippings, brochures, photographs, and other paraphernalia in conjunction with existing histories to build my analysis. In this research, I seek to challenge the linear and reductive models that are the backbone of commonly espoused historical narratives surrounding Williamsburg by revealing the multiscalar entanglements at play.
Kim, Maximilian, "Entangled Agencies, Economic Contingencies, and Competing Ideologies: Williamsburg’s Complex Origins as a Place of National Historic Interest" (2023). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 1991.
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