Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Christopher Miller

Second Advisor

Dr. Thomas Knight

Third Advisor

Dr. Keith Erekson


Pubic memories of the American Revolution have played a central role in the creation of an American national identity. As a result of the importance of these military memories in creating a sense of social cohesion, images of the men who fought in the Revolution have often been systematically created and propagated, thus leading to myths and stereotypes in popular culture. Master of Arts (MA), August 2012, 111 pp., 2 tables, 4 figures, 76 references, 8 titles. This thesis analyzes the images of the soldiers of the American Revolution in public memory and in professional historiography. There is a perplexing gap between popular memory and the modern day professional historiography of the American Revolutionary soldiers. Although there is a large body of knowledge available that disproves much of the mythical images of the soldiers, the stereotypes have persisted in public memory as a result of the political, psychological and sociological processes involved in the creation and maintenance of memories.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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