Leah Tams


Spring 4-21-2014

Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Ferrell, Claudine

Second Advisor

McClurken, Jeffrey

Third Advisor

Rigelhaupt, Jess

Department Chair or Program Director

McClurken, Jeffrey

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major or Concentration


Department or Program

History and American Studies


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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