Date of Award

8-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Committee Member

Lee Wilson, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Orville Vernon Burton

Committee Member

Rod Andrew

Abstract

This study examines the life and legacy of Christopher Gadsden. Specifically, it explores Gadsden's understanding of individual and colonial rights, proper channels of protest, and early republicanism. It is through the discussion of these topics that this thesis highlights the importance of studying the individual reaction to the American Revolution and independence. Additionally, this study highlights the fact that many of the terms we use to describe these Revolutionary figures, such as radical or conservative, are not adequate — each individual experienced many changes in their life that led to their support of independence. Furthermore, this study opens the door for further research on the role Revolutionary ideas and symbols play in modern politics.

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