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    A Night to Remember: Cultural Representations of the Titanic in 1950s America
    (University of the South, 2014-04-25) Windrow, Ashley
    When Titanic's journey as an ocean liner tragically ended in 1912, its journey as a cultural medium through which different generations have reflected, reconstructed, and interpreted its narrative and its meanings through their own cultural lens. Thus, cultural representations of the Titanic prove to be valuable sources of cultural history. This study centers on cultural representations of the Titanic in the 1950s, specifically focusing on the 1953 Oscar winning film, Titanic, Walter Lord's 1955 best-selling account of the wreck, A Night to Remember, and its subsequent film and television adaptions. In a post-wear world, the age of anxiety, Titanic became a vessel through which issues of gender, family, and nation were discussed and certain views were propagated. These representations of the thought-to-be "unsinkable" passenger liner were bound by the contexts they were created in and provide a useful and valuable insight into the issues facing society and the psyche of the nation in the 1950s.
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    Determining Presidential Greatness
    (University of the South, 2014-04-25) Pearson, Jonesia
    Many scholars have argued that presidential greatness is both hard to determine and most likely impossible to determine, due to the many personal and institutional factors. Presidential greatness is hard to determine, but Historians and Political Scientists believe that there are certain characteristics that a President must have to aid in his success. Among these characteristics, I found that both Historians and Political Scientists, alike, believe that management ability is possibly one of the most important characteristics a President can have.