Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

Lee Wilson, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Orville Vernon Burton

Committee Member

Rod Andrew


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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