Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




This paper, in a sense, is dedicated to the proposition that social developments accurately depict the historical past. Social History reveals events, change, and the particular while adding insight into the people's thoughts and actions. It is the guiding force in academics because it truly gives insight into the line of progress by being the thread that ties past developments together and bringing them closer into focus. In the following pages I have attempted to record the legacy of the great air derby of 1919 for several reasons. By researching this specific subject, a major event of the 20th Century is recounted and will live on in written form. More importantly, the race across the Atlantic symbolizes the transitional period of the 1920's -- a time that witnessed the decline of romanticism and the rise of modernization.