Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Professor John J. Pitney, Jr.

Rights Information

Harris County; Texas, Houston; Houston Ship Channel; Oil Boom


Harris County is significant because it is the third largest county in the United States, and it has been the leading edge of political change in Texas. From Reconstruction until World War II, it was part of the old segregationist Democratic South. After the war, it started becoming Republican, first in presidential races, then down the ballot before becoming blue again. Two of the main factors that contributed to the county’s transition are the its geography and economy. Over the years, technology and innovation changed the direction of the economy, attracting people from different regions. The increase in migration contributes to the county’s diverse population and ideologies, shaping its social and political sphere.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.