Chelsea Tegels presented at the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in Omaha, Nebraska on March 7-10, 2013. After giving her paper, entitled "Louis-Philippe's Impartiality in Fragmented Paris, 1832," she was pleased to learn that she had been awarded the "Best Undergrad Paper." Congratulations Chelsea!
Her paper examined the following:
"In Paris in 1832, Louis-Philippe had been on the throne for less than two years. He had been crowned after a revolution had deposed the rightful king and he now faced Loyalists who wanted the legitimate king back and Revolutionaries who wanted a republic. This study looks into Louis-Philippe’s policy of playing to both extreme parities, and the effect it had on the failure of Insurrection of July 1832. In the end, this policy caused the people to riot but it also gave Louis-Philippe the power to stop it and any other rebellions for the next sixteen years. Numerous first hand accounts from politicians, revolutionaries, writers and others who were in Paris at the time demonstrate how miserable the French people were in 1832 but also show why Louis-Philippe was able to keep the revolution at bay for so long. Not much research has been done on Louis-Philippe’s reign and these finding show that it was his ambiguity that made him the great politician that he was."