Slavery and Prostitution in Pre-Civil War America

By Clarkston Doman (’23) In early-to-mid 19th century America, slave plantation labor was prevalent in the South, while wage labor centered around cities and factories was becoming more common in the North. Robert William Fogel, in his chapter “American Slavery: A flexible, highly developed form of capitalism,” refutes the common conception that the pre-Civil WarContinue reading “Slavery and Prostitution in Pre-Civil War America”

George Washington to Charles Lawrence: An Examination of Washington’s Relationship with Dress

By Emmet Powell (’23) For upper class white men in 18th century America, fashion was a luxury they were able to partake in. To do so, many maintained close relationships with their merchants, designers, and tailors. On July 20, 1967 George Washington wrote a letter to Charles Lawrence, who aided Washington with his material needs,Continue reading “George Washington to Charles Lawrence: An Examination of Washington’s Relationship with Dress”

“A Media Certified Celebrity Leader”: A Comparison of Drake’s God’s Plan and Cesar Chávez in the Chicano Movement

By Maura Kostelni (’22) “What matters most in politics” has historically “[gone] unrecorded”, and we see this through footage in Drake’s God’s Plan music video and analysis of the footage of the Chicano movement found in Randy Ontiveros’ No Golden Age: Television News and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement (2010) (2). Drake’s God’s Plan complementsContinue reading ““A Media Certified Celebrity Leader”: A Comparison of Drake’s God’s Plan and Cesar Chávez in the Chicano Movement”

“The Babysitter”: A Critique of the Modern Relationship with Television

By Peyton Nielsen (’23) American author Robert Coover’s “The Babysitter” has fallen victim to the assumption of a fantasy piece since the 1969 publication of his short story collection Pricksongs & Descants. The short story bounces between narratives displaying intense metapsychosis and simultaneously tells the jumbled yet distinct tale of a connected array of people.Continue reading ““The Babysitter”: A Critique of the Modern Relationship with Television”