Leah Tams

Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History and American Studies

Department Chair or Program Director

McClurken, Jeffrey

First Advisor

Ferrell, Claudine

Second Advisor

McClurken, Jeffrey

Third Advisor

Rigelhaupt, Jess

Major or Concentration



This paper studies the first six seasons of the hit television show M*A*S*H (1972-1983) and examines how the sociocultural climate of the 1960s and 1970s in America influenced the show's portrayal of the Korean War and how, in turn, the show reflects those cultural influences. This study focuses on the influence of the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement, the Cold War, second-wave feminism, and the gay and sexual liberation movements. It argues that each of these movements and events had a profound influence upon M*A*S*H, which is evident in its portrayal of the Korean War as a conflict infused with attitudes and issues of the sixties and seventies. Ultimately, M*A*S*H provides an illuminating window through which to view the two dynamic, complex decades.

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