I wrote this thesis for the American Studies Department at Wesleyan University in 1996.
I have posted the entire thesis here, but for a better reading experience, you can also access the thesis on Scribd at this link.
I recommend the PDF version at Scribd, as the footnotes have been corrupted in the version posted here at Blogger, and it is easier to read in a printable PDF.
I hope you find it as interesting to read as it was to write.
- Samuel Asher Effron