Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860 / Edition 1

Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810-1860 / Edition 1

by Michael O'Brien
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807828009

ISBN-13: 9780807828007

Pub. Date: 03/29/2004

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

In this magisterial history of intellectual life, Michael O'Brien analyzes the lives and works of antebellum Southern thinkers and reintegrates the South into the larger tradition of American and European intellectual history.

O'Brien finds that the evolution of Southern intellectual life paralleled and modified developments across the Atlantic by moving from a

Overview

In this magisterial history of intellectual life, Michael O'Brien analyzes the lives and works of antebellum Southern thinkers and reintegrates the South into the larger tradition of American and European intellectual history.

O'Brien finds that the evolution of Southern intellectual life paralleled and modified developments across the Atlantic by moving from a late Enlightenment sensibility to Romanticism and, lastly, to an early form of realism. Volume 1 describes the social underpinnings of the Southern intellect by examining patterns of travel and migration; the formation of ideas on race, gender, ethnicity, locality, and class; and the structures of discourse, expressed in manuscripts and print culture. In Volume 2, O'Brien looks at the genres that became characteristic of Southern thought. Throughout, he pays careful attention to the many individuals who fashioned the Southern mind, including John C. Calhoun, Louisa McCord, James Henley Thornwell, and George Fitzhugh.

Placing the South in the larger tradition of American and European intellectual history while recovering the contributions of numerous influential thinkers and writers, O'Brien's masterwork demonstrates the sophistication and complexity of Southern intellectual life before 1860.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807828007
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
03/29/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
1360
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 3.60(d)

Table of Contents

Volume 1
Abbreviations
Introduction: The Position and Course of the South
Book One: The Softened Echo of the World
1. A Moral Terra Incognita
2. Strolling Foreigners
3. European Attachments
4. The Big Valleys of the World
Book Two: All the Tribes, All the Productions of Nature
5. Types of Mankind
6. The Sex of a Human Being
7. A Heterogeneous Mass from All Nations
8. The Fabrics of Their Own Country
9. Our Fictitious Social Scale
Book Three: A Volley of Words
10. A Murmurous Sea of Conversation
11. Private Impartments
12. Chaotic Order of Books
13. The Honors of Authorship
Volume 2
Abbreviations
Book Four: The Shape of a History
14. Retrospective Glances
The Qualifications and Duties of an Historian
Of Ancient and More Modern Times
To Discover, Procure, Preserve, and Diffuse
The Ancestral Mould
The Unities of Biography
As to My Self, What Shall I Say?
15. To Write a People
The Science of Criticism
The Rationale of Verse
Novels and the Like
Book Five: Pride and Power
16. Our Present Peculiar, Complicated, and Remarkable System of Governments
The Virginia Construction
The Horn-Book of Politics
South Carolina Doctrines
The Great Principles of Democracy
Power and Liberty
Clustering Groups
17. As If Money Was the Most Important Matter in This World
Political Economy Will and Must Be Our Judge
We Can Take Care of Ourselves
18. Our Slavery Question
Not So Much through Principle as from Necessity
A Moral Pathology
Book Six: Philosophy and Faith
19. The Dim Land of Vagaries
The Numberless Brood of the Scotch Metaphysicians
We Regard Man as Inherently a Being of Motion
Cloudy Transcendentalism
20. Theology for the South
Persuasions Different from Her Own
The Adoption of Sons
Epilogue: The Imprisoned Bird
21. Cool Brains
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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