Subtitle/Alternate Title

Tracing Shifting Perceptions of American Identity From the War of 1812 to the Civil War

First Advisor

Dr. Michael Chiang

Second Advisor

Sara Satkowiak


Regis College

Degree Name

Department of History, Politics and Political Economy


Regis College

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

31 pages


This thesis uses the narrative of Charles Sumner's Caning to examine the shift in national public perceptions of patriotism and the disconnect in the late Antebellum period between North and South. Using the metrics of presidential action, national and state newspaper stories, and social thought, this paper traces the 50 years between the War of 1812 and the Civil War, looking specifically at the development of localist politics in the end of the period.

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Location (Creation)

Colorado (state); Denver (county); Denver (inhabited place)

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