David Demaree Successfully Defends Thesis

On Thursday, September 23, 2010 David Demaree successfully defended his MA thesis titled: A GENTLEMAN IN SUBSTANCE: ABRAHAM LINCOLN AND CHANGING PERCEPTIONS ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL APPEARANCE AND CHARACTER. His committee included Dr. Wang Xi, Dr. Gary Bailey, and was chaired by Dr. Joe Mannard. Everyone present engaged in a lively intellectual exchange in discussing David’s argument that Lincoln’s presidency marked a transformation in the public perception over what constituted a true gentleman in regards to matters of outward appearance and inner character and the Railsplitter’s legacy to subsequent aspirants to the White House in the 19th century.

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