Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
Date of Last Revision
3400 492 - Honors Project in History
Number of Credits
Bachelor of Science
Date of Expected Graduation
For my honors thesis I will be writing on the legality and shifting attitudes of marriage throughout United States history. This thesis will explore three Supreme Court cases: Davis v. Beason (1890), Loving v. Virginia (1967), and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which explores polygamous, interracial, and homosexual marriages respectively. The full name of my thesis is "One Man and One Wife? The Legal History of Marriage in the Culture and Courts of America." The thesis will be upwards of fourty pages in length and will examine marriage from both historical and legal lenses and will be conducted through the History Department's Honors' Program. It will be a thorough historical essay that will shed new light on the institution of marriage and its place in the modern day United States.
Associate Professor Gina M. Martino
Associate Professor Kevin Kern
Professor Gregory Wilson
Honors Faculty Advisor
Professor Michael Graham
Speer, Tyler, "One Man and One Wife? The Legal History of Marriage in the Culture and Courts of America" (2020). Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects. 1229.