History 500 Final Paper Outline

Just spent a few hours hanging out at the Graduate & Law School Commons at USD (picture of me there a few weeks ago). After reading some articles again and taking the advice from my professor of changing my paper topic I have come up with a general outline for my final paper. I am basing most of my essay on two sources: the book Manliness & Civilization, by Gail Bederman, and the chapter “Davy Crockett as a Trickster: Pornography, Liminality, and Symbolic Inversion in Victorian America,” from the book Disorderly Conduct, by Carroll Smith Rosenberg. Below is my final essay outline:

  1. Question
    • Why did White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) men of the 19th and early 20th century America embrace the mythical frontier man image?
  2. Who was the frontier man?
    • Description of the mythological frontier hero
  3. Ways to Examine the embrace of the frontier man
    • Industrialization
    • Rise of blacks and immigrants in America
    • Rise of women in America
    • Non-fiction frontier men and their fictionalization
  4. How the authors examined the embrace of the frontier man
    • Bederman – a way to be manly
    • Smith-Rosenberg – a way to escape
  5. Conclusion
    • I agree with Smith-Rosenberg

Next up will be writing a full outline and then writing the paper hopefully by Monday and then a final draft on Thursday to be turned in on Friday. Go Chargers!

Read My First Grad Paper (It Earned an A Minus)

A few weeks ago I turned in my first Graduate level paper. The week before the paper was due, the professor told us about his big writeup and how his editors mauled it crossing out entire paragraphs.  Luckily he took pity on me and even with all his markings I still earned an A-!!! You can read the marked up masterpiece below:

History 500 Paper 1 Graded

If you would like to read my paper without all the markings, click here.

Next up on the paper list is Manliness & Civilization, by Gail Bederman.

Thinking About Theses

Now that school as restarted, I need to start thinking about my thesis. In the Master in History program I have two thesis options: writing a 100 page paper or filming a documentary with a shorter write up. The documentary option originally drew me to the program and I do enjoy filming and editing, so this is the direction I am leaning.

The hard part will be settling on a topic. It must be exciting and interesting enough to keep my attention so that I do not drag the process out for semesters on end. One option would be to write or film a topic involving aviation. With an entire museum and its wealth of knowledge at my finger tips I could be doing myself a favor. However, in undergrad I did enjoy studying Pre-Colombian Latin America. As of right now, only aviation themed topics have come to mind.

Because of this dilemma, I have created a new page on this blog dedicated to my thesis ideas. Take a look at the page and tell me what you think or any ideas you might have. You read my ideas so far by clicking the link at the top of the page or clicking here.

Steph’s Masters Presentation

Stephanie may have finished her Masters schooling weeks ago but I have finally edited her final presentation for her Masters. Instead of a thesis she presented Action Research Project at a symposium hosted by the University of San Diego. Her presentation lasts about 20 minutes so sit back, relax and enjoy the show!


Steph’s Masters Presentation from Brent Bernasconi on Vimeo.