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First Advisor

Thisbe Nissen

Second Advisor

David Paul


The purpose of the creative thesis We the People, a collection of original flash fictions, was to creatively interact with the ten amendments in the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights. While each story is standalone, each story in the collection explores how each amendment still impact the lives of everyday Americans through first-person narratives. Though each story is influenced by one of the ten amendments, the stories themselves are not a direct interpretation. Instead, the stories are prompted effects of the amendments. While each story could be a real-life situation, We the People is unique because it allows the impact and the interpretation of each amendment to exist in the imagination. Because of this, We the People makes each amendment easily accessible, not only by giving the different characters a chance to interact with the effects of the amendments, but by also encourages the reader to think about the amendments and their consequences. This is what allows for an open dialog and discussion about the liberties and freedoms that each amendment provides, and what importance that each amendment has in the 21st century United States. This is a work of fiction. Any similarities found between existing people contained within this text is merely coincidental.

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Honors Thesis-Restricted