Graduate Liberal Studies Program

Final Project Abstracts

Perry Campbell -- "Bedrock Beliefs of the Nineteenth Century as Seen through the Prints of Currier and Ives"

After a brief lesson about popular culture myths and an explanation of why the Currier and Ives prints were chosen as the best cultural artifact to search for popular culture myths in the nineteenth-century, this study goes on to seek indications of seven current popular culture myths in the Currier and Ives prints. The search is not always successful; some myths are found in the prints, one myth is found to be gestating and about to be born, and others simply are too modern for the nineteenth-century. For those that are too modern, the equivalent myth for that era is discussed. Finally, the study identifies a myth specific to the mid-nineteenth century and discusses this myth in some detail.

Last Update: February 7, 2005