Mentor: Dr. Sean Adams
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
"I am planning on writing a thesis paper to graduate with honors. USP is an excellent opportunity that can both provide funding, and act as a stepping stone into my larger thesis project. As a history major it is absolutely imperative that I graduate with the ability to complete a large research endeavor, and that is why I have involved myself with this program."
- 19th Century America
- Labor History
- 19th Century Germany
- UF University Scholars Program
- Dean's List
- Anderson Scholar
- Editing the History Department's Undergraduate Journal, Al Pata
Hobbies and Interests
- Playing and Recording Music
- Working on Cars
American Growing Pains: Civil Unrest in Mid-19th Century New York City
My project handles three major events of civil disorder: The Astor Place Riot (1849), The Great Police Riot (1857), and The Dead Rabbits Riot (1857). I am seeking to relate these three occurrences through researching newspapers and broadsides, as well as more personal sources like diaries and letters. My goal is to not only reveal the relationship between these riots, but also delve deeper into their causes. I believe that 19th century Americans had developed a pathological sense of individualism, that broached lawlessness frequently. This often manifested in vigilante justice, anti-aristocratism, and an insatiable appetite for individual autonomy. These sensibilities, coupled with the fact that many men were losing their jobs in favor of unskilled factory labor, created a perfectly conducive atmosphere for events of civil unrest, like the three being handled in my paper.