Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. George L. Wilber

Second Advisor

Dr. Roderick B. Peck

Third Advisor

Dr. Duane W. Hill


America has been called a "melting-pot" society. Its settlement by people of various racial, religious, national and cultural characteristics, couples with its large size and high rate of internal mobility, has presented it with problems of adjustment such as have faced few other societies. The American governmental system emphasizes the dignity of the "common man" and makes the free flow of public sentiment from the people to their governmental representatives very important. America denies the right of violent revolution and thus places non-violent types of mass movements in a more strategic position than they might otherwise occupy. Large and significant changes have taken place through movements such as the "labor" movement, the women's suffrage movement, and the "birth control" movement. The important effects of social movements in American place a premium on understanding them and their place in American society.


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of the Department of Sociology The University of Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright John Phillip Larsen Thorslev June, 1957

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