Graduation Term

3-15-2024

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Department of History

Committee Chair

Andrew Hartman

Abstract

This thesis probes the nature of Southern identity from the perspective of the commemorative landscape that embodies and perpetuates it. By examining one of South Carolina’s oldest monuments, a statue of John C. Calhoun formerly located in the symbolic center of Charleston, I aim to elucidate the role it played in amplifying the social, political, cultural and historical forces which conspired to define Southern civic identity. I also seek to understand the counterforces that continually resisted the monument and what it stood for, ultimately leading to its downfall.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.30707/ETD2024.20240618063951151504.999924

Page Count

100

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