Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

History and Philosophy

First Advisor

Richard Nation


In 1976, the bicentennial year, my father took a trip around the United States for a college project. Now in the same place as him, I decided to set off and recreate his journey. I packed my father along and we drove 10,000 miles around the country retracing his tracks and exploring how our country has changed and how it as remained the same. Along the way I found stories that help to frame our country's current state. A number of these stories were published in the Detroit Free Press, just as some of my father's stories were published in the Flint Journal in 1976.