Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Brian Roberts


For my research I have decided to focus specifically on Americans traveling to Paris. In the realm of tourism, Paris is the epitome of American commodification. Americans who traveled to Paris could increasingly buy into a commodified version of Parisian culture, a culture that in many ways catered toward American tourists. The newly transnational period of the 1950s provides the perfect background for the examination of international tourism. Also interesting to this time period is the context of the Cold War and the great Red Scare that pervaded American thinking at this time. This thesis project will explain how the transnational culture of consumption played a role in the formation of a post-war tourist American identity of Un-Americanism. The post-war American tourist identity formed in the aftermath of WWII still influences the American tourist today. By examining the formation of this identity, one can gain better understanding of American and global culture.

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Department of History

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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