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"An abridgement of his Southern Honor and an articulate treatment of white culture in the Old South. Students find it interesting and provocative."--Daniel Kilbride, Hollins College
From the reviews of Southern Honor: "A work of enormous imagination and enterprise, one that has the audacity to see a vast realm of human experience through a single lens and the authority to make that view seem not merely plausible but incontrovertible...Wyatt-Brown has altered and deepened our understanding of the Southern past--and thus, inevitably, of the American past as well."--Washington Post Book World.
"A good short study. Will consider as recommended reading."--Harvey H. Jackson, Jacksonville State Univ.
"In this abridgement of his prize-winning Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South, Wyatt-Brown masterfully dissects the complex social code that bound, and gave meaning to, the lives of white Southerners, rich as well as poor."--Wilson Quarterly
"One of the very best books about the South...A model of what scholarly writing can be: a rather bold thesis rigorously defended with logic and with innumerable supporting citations, each kept brief and deftly fitted into the overall design."--Philadelphia Inquirer
"An enormous academic accomplishment."--Harper's
"Southern Honor, a wide-ranging, innovative, and highly readable analysis of white social relations in the Old South, will make it impossible to ignore honor as a major ideology in southern history....It is a major contribution to our understanding of the ways southern women and men made their ethical choices in times and circumstances not always of their own choosing."--Journal of American History
"An original stimulus to interpretation and a treasury of important and fascinating information."--Journal of Southern History
"A most thorough-going examination of the code of honor of white Southern culture in pre-Civil War times."--Antioch Review
"An important, original book. Along with W.J. Cash's classic study 'The Mind of the South,' this is one of the few serious attempts to recreate the lost world of the South."--The New York Times Book Review