Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South / Edition 1

Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South / Edition 1

by Craig Thompson Friend
     
 

Spanning the era from the American Revolution to the Civil War, these nine pathbreaking original essays explore the unexpected, competing, or contradictory ways in which southerners made sense of manhood. Employing a rich variety of methodologies, the contributors look at southern masculinity within African American, white, and Native American communities; on the… See more details below

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Spanning the era from the American Revolution to the Civil War, these nine pathbreaking original essays explore the unexpected, competing, or contradictory ways in which southerners made sense of manhood. Employing a rich variety of methodologies, the contributors look at southern masculinity within African American, white, and Native American communities; on the frontier and in towns; and across boundaries of class and age.

Until now, the emerging subdiscipline of southern masculinity studies has been informed mainly by conclusions drawn from research on how
the planter class engaged issues of honor, mastery, and patriarchy. But what about men who didn't own slaves or were themselves enslaved?
These essays illuminate the mechanisms through which such men negotiated with overarching conceptions of masculine power. Here
the reader encounters Choctaw elites struggling to maintain manly status in the market economy, black and white artisans forging rival
communities and competing against the gentry for social recognition, slave men on the southern frontier balancing community expectations
against owner domination, and men in a variety of military settings acting out community expectations to secure manly status.

As Southern Manhood brings definition to an emerging subdiscipline of southern history, it also pushes the broader field into new directions. All of the essayists take up large themes in antebellum history, including southern womanhood, the advent of consumer culture and market relations, and the emergence of sectional conflict.

Craig Thompson Friend is an associate professor of history at the University of Central Florida. He is the editor of The Buzzel about Kentuck and the author of a forthcoming book about the Maysville Road in the early American Republic period. 

Lorri Glover is an associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee. She is the author of All Our Relations.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820326160
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
07/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Rethinking southern masculinity : an introduction
Refuge of manhood : masculinity and the militia experience in Kentucky1
"Let us manufacture men" : educating elite boys in the early national South22
Trying to look like men : changing notions of masculinity among Choctaw elites in the early republic49
Fraternity and masculine identity : the search for respectability among White and Black artisans in Petersburg, Virginia71
Belles, benefactors, and the blacksmith's son : Cyrus Stuart and the enigma of Southern gentlemanliness92
Being shifty in a new country : southern humor and the masculine ideal113
The absent subject : African American masculinity and forced migration to the antebellum plantation frontier136
"Stout chaps who can bear the distress" : young men in antebellum military academies174
"Commenced to think like a man" : literacy and manhood in African American Civil War regiments196

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