Military Education and the Emerging Middle Class in the Old South

Military Education and the Emerging Middle Class in the Old South

by Jennifer R. Green
     
 

ISBN-10: 052189493X

ISBN-13: 9780521894937

Pub. Date: 09/15/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book argues that military education was an important institution in the development of the southern middle class as a regional group and as part of the national middle class in the late antebellum years. It explores class formation, professionalization, and social mobility in the 1840s and 1850s, using this data to define the middle class on a national level,

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This book argues that military education was an important institution in the development of the southern middle class as a regional group and as part of the national middle class in the late antebellum years. It explores class formation, professionalization, and social mobility in the 1840s and 1850s, using this data to define the middle class on a national level, while also identifying regionally specific characteristics of the emerging southern middle class. Green argues that the significance of antebellum military education is, first, that it illuminates the emerging southern middle class, a group difficult to locate and differentiate; second, it offered social stability or mobility; finally, it explicitly linked middle-class stability or mobility to the ongoing national professionalization of teachers. Ultimately, these schools demonstrate that educational opportunity and reform took place in the antebellum South and that schooling aided southerners in social mobility.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521894937
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2008
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introducing the emerging southern middle class; 2. 'The advantage of a collegiate education': military education funding; 3. 'Your duty as citizens and soldiers': military education discipline and duty; 4. 'Honor as a man': manhood and the cultural values of the emerging southern middle class; 5. 'Practical progress is the watchword': military education curriculum; 6. Professions and status: middle-class alumni stability and mobility; 7. Networks of miltary educators; 8. Classifying the middle class.

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