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Bachelor of Arts
If proclaiming oneself to be an agent of change—a valiant interruption in historical continuity, was such a powerful slogan, then why? What makes people believe in the possibility of progress in the first place, and why is it embraced as objective and positive? I began to wonder, much like innumerable others who have come before me, how the actions of individuals within communities and the "course of things" are to be distinguished from one another. How much of what we except as reality—our emotions, desires, decisions, personal and collective histories, is informed by something so trivial and apparent as time, and to what extent can time be manipulated by power to serve the peremptory objectives of the present? These questions, and more, will be answered in thesis via literature review and document exploration.
Dickinson, Lacey D. , '10, "Of the Meaning of Progress Revisited, A Polemic: Historical Discourse and the Politics of African American Transcendence" (2010). Senior Theses, Projects, and Awards. 197.