USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

First Advisor

Dr. Erica Heinsen-Roach, Ph.D. Visiting Assistant Professor, History


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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May 2014

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April 2014


Unlike the little engine that could make it up the steep hill, the Titanic could not make it across the vast Atlantic, and yet it has fascinated and inspired people for generations. By definition, the word “titanic” means monumental, gigantic, or colossal. When people hear the word, however, they do not think of its literal meaning, but associate it with the ship that suffered a tremendous tragedy. The story of the Titanic did not end the night it sank on a frigid night more than one-hundred years ago. Indeed, it is a never-ending story that has been added to and changed revised. The story of the Titanic is made up of witness accounts, discoveries made by modern technology, and society’s perceptions that fit together like pieces of a puzzle in the same way the pieces of the wreckage once fit together to make up the ship. Even though the survivors have long since passed on, and the once elegant ship slowly decays into dust, there are movies, documentaries, and plentiful museums that continue to spark interest and captivate the imagination of the audience.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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