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In view of the frequent reliance on Leland's books and articles, I have, on the suggestion of my graduate committee, attempted in this dissertation to evaluate Leland and his writings in order to establish some basis for the accuracy of his statements and the general reliability of Leland as a witness. I have also presented many of his views expressed in books and papers not readily available to or often considered by other students of his times. Though the initial approach to this study of Leland was made objectively or, if subjectively, only sympathetically prejudicial, I must admit that with increased review of his papers more than a suspicion of skepticism has developed as to the accuracy and candor of his writings, particularly his Memoirs.



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Degree Name

American Studies

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Department Name

American Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

George Warren Arms

Second Committee Member

Paul A.F. Walter Jr

Third Committee Member

George Winston Smith

Fourth Committee Member

William Miner Dabney