Term of Award

Fall 2001

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)


Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Delores D. Liston

Committee Member 1

Sandra Peacock

Committee Member 2

Edmund C. Short

Committee Member 3

John A. Weaver


The legend of copra trader David Dean O'Keefe was told in a novel, a motion picture, and through the oral history of his descendants in Savannah, Georgia, and the indigenous peoples of Yap. There was no complete written account of his life and his affect on the Yapese culture. Through examination of written documents about O'Keefe, interviews, and personal correspondence, this study yielded a missing piece of history. Although almost 100 years has passed since O'Keefe lived, his legacy is still thriving on Yap, a small island in Micronesia. O'Keefe's story is still being retold by family and historians who sought to vicariously experience the romance and drama of sailing the world in search of wealth and adventure.


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