Date of Award
Master of Arts
Paul H. Bergeron
William Bruce Wheeler, Charles W. Johnson
During the 1890s, a series of extra-legal and illegal activities known as "whitecapping" occurred in Sevier County, Tennessee. While the early episodes were based on traditional responses to deviant behavior in rural communities, whitecapping reflected the loss of community within the county. This study examines the relationship of whitecapping and community in Sevier County and how it changed during the 1890s. The several, often contradictory, social conditions which affected the life of every Sevier Countian are also examined to show the decline of community consensus during this period. Finally, the events galavanizing public opinion against the whitecaps are analyzed to understand their enduring effect on community in Sevier County.
Cummings, William Joseph, "Community, Violence, and the Nature of Change: Whitecapping in Sevier County, Tennessee, During the 1890's. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 1988.
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