Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South / Edition 1by 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
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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Table of Contents
|Rethinking southern masculinity : an introduction|
|Refuge of manhood : masculinity and the militia experience in Kentucky||1|
|"Let us manufacture men" : educating elite boys in the early national South||22|
|Trying to look like men : changing notions of masculinity among Choctaw elites in the early republic||49|
|Fraternity and masculine identity : the search for respectability among White and Black artisans in Petersburg, Virginia||71|
|Belles, benefactors, and the blacksmith's son : Cyrus Stuart and the enigma of Southern gentlemanliness||92|
|Being shifty in a new country : southern humor and the masculine ideal||113|
|The absent subject : African American masculinity and forced migration to the antebellum plantation frontier||136|
|"Stout chaps who can bear the distress" : young men in antebellum military academies||174|
|"Commenced to think like a man" : literacy and manhood in African American Civil War regiments||196|
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