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American Studies Seminar - 1979

The following American Studies Seminar research papers were written by students in the 1979 seminar, "Popular Culture in Preindustrial America, 1650-1850," under the supervision of David Hall.

  • "The American Gift Book," by Edward Markunas
  • "Changing Roles, Changing Views: American Motherhood, 1780-1840," by Patricia Volger
  • "Children's Books as "Popular Culture": The Question of the Influence of Maria Edgeworth on the Children's Stories of Mary Robson Hughes," by Michael Huck
  • "The impact of Samuel Goodrich on children's literature," by Bernard A. Mongilio
  • "Nathaniel Coverly: Popular Printer, 1767-1816," by Barbara A. Vayo
  • "The New England Tract Society and Roman Catholicism," by Laura Vaught
  • "William Dunlap: Comments on American Literature and Art," by Mary Eileen Egan


Since 1978, the Society has sponsored the American Studies Seminar for a select group of undergraduates from the five four-year colleges and universities in Worcester: Assumption College, Clark University, the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Worcester State College.


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