"A Lock(e)down on American Scandal: The Term's Peculiar Relation to Property"
Thompson, Brianna, English - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
McDowell, Deborah, Department of English, University of Virginia
This thesis examines how scandals have shaped the American cultural and political scene from its founding moments to the present. The provocation is offered that public scandals derive value from liberal notions of private property, ownership, and personhood, illustrated by way of a far-reaching examination of what the the thesis terms the “founding scandal” of the Jefferson-Hemings affair and miscegenation, as well as the affair's subsequent reiterations in the news, literature, and on television.
MA (Master of Arts)
scandal, Thomas Jefferson, America, Sally Hemings
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