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Senior Theses

Every Carthage student is required to submit a senior thesis or capstone project to demonstrate their mastery of their chosen area of study. Here is a look at the projects Carthage history majors have created for this requirement.


  • Marquis Phillips: “Groppi: The Forgotten Ally”
  • Madie Kaelber: “The Dark Past to the Las Vegas Strip”
  • Jennifer Stumme: “Periods of History”
  • Matt Janota: “The Red Scare: Commies in K-Town?”
  • Kaitlyn Larson: “Rajneeshpuram: Cultures Collide”
  • Devin Harrison: “Milwaukee Socialism and the Effects on Racial Segregation”
  • Nick Visinaiz: “A Verdant Wind: The Transformation of Japanese Civilization through the Meiji Restoration”


  • Jordan Parris: “The Ideal Black Identity as set by the Divine Nine”
  • David Jones: “Students for a Democratic Society at UW-Madison”
  • Hailey Morgan: “The Children’s View: Response to Social Change in Progressive Era Chicago, ca. 1900-1925”
  • Christopher Primer: “The Chicago Riots of 1919” 
  • Joseph Pausa: “A Push Towards Industrialization: Japan’s Encounters with the West between 1853-1900”


  • Jake Meyer: “Driven Agents in the Grassroots Revolution: American Evangelical Missionaries in Cold War Central America”
  • Ben Coniglio: “They Passed: The Strategic Impact of Foreign Intervention in the Spanish Civil War”
  • Devon McGrath: “Reflections of Social Change in Irish Society through Broadcast Media”
  • Christian Baushke: “Blood on the Ice: The Diplomatic Implications of Cold War Hockey”


  • Paige Myers: “Memory and History in the Guatemalan Community of Nuevo Horizonte”
  • Emily Coroneos: “Medellín Cartel, U.S./Colombian diplomatic relations, and Plan Co.”
  • Kody Raslawski: “Alcohol in Norse Society: Mead the Wisdom Granter, and Ale the Wisdom Taker”
  • William Diehl: “Winston Churchill and the British Bombing Survey”
  • Brian Reshke: “The Panama Canal: How Panama Defeated Nicaragua for a Modern Marvel”
  • Chris Andrews: “Irish Whisky after the Act of Union”


  • Samuel Tomten: “‘My People Are In Distress’: The American Indian Movement and the Struggle for American Indian Self-Determination Rights”
  • Amanda Reilly: “Misdirected Blame: Ronald Reagan and the Ramifications of Deinstitutionalization”
  • Thomas Reddington: “Identifying the Catholic Immigrant Role in the Temperance Movement”
  • Laurel McKenzie: “A Culture of Consumption: How quack medicine dominated nineteenth-century American” advertising
  • Elizabeth Kaht: “What They Fought For: the Irish Rebellion of 1798”
  • Jenna Gaudio: “The Boston Tea Party: The Radical Agenda Spread Through Newspaper”


  • Bradley Kaput: “War in Iraq: Reasons for America’s Struggles”
  • Margaret Koeppl: “The Forgotten War: Using the television series M*A*S*H as social gauge for the Korean War”
  • Jeffrey Sabbar: “‘Black Water Rising:’ How Racism Made and Killed the Blues”
  • Megan Smith: “The Menace of The Machine: Robert La Follette & The Wisconsin Idea”


  • Annemarie Carlson: “How the Armenian experience in World War I constituted genocide”
  • David Carlson: “The Back Door to War Theory in the context of conspiracy scholarship in regards to the bombing of Pearl Harbor”
  • Martin Dwyer: “The reasons for the failure of FDR’s National Recovery Administration”
  • Sam Langford: “The ways in which the Beatles impacted class in Great Britain”
  • Katie Schmidt: “The relationship between the Kennedy White House and the fine arts world”
  • Dan Switalski: “The evolving role of U.S. military generals during WWII”
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