Victoria Najacht

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Victoria Najacht is currently a junior at Kalamazoo College seeking a B.A. in History with an American Studies concentration and a Psychology minor. She is a student in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Newberry Library Seminar for Fall 2014 and currently resides in Chicago, IL. She has done brief archival work in a variety of institutions and settings, including volunteer work at the Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History Collection. With a great interest in systems of class and socio-economic status and ideas of gender and gender roles in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries, she plans to research how the idea and notion of the "American Dream," as outlined by historian James Truslow Adams in 1931, directly played into the revitalization and increased stability of the class system and gender roles in the Midwest. She hopes to examine immigration, ideas of racial/ethnic superiority, gender roles, capitalism/consumerism, and education as key components of this topic. Other areas of interest and previous research include witchcraft trials in Europe and the United States, Chicago and the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and women in the Colonial Period, Revolutionary Era, and the Early Republic. Victoria looks forward to gaining extensive knowledge on the inner workings of the digital humanities and library science, and utilizing this knowledge in her Senior Individualized Project.

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