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

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Overview

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.

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

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Editorial Reviews

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"An important and timely contribution to the burgeoning field of gender history. This rich and compelling collection will take its place on the bookshelves of every serious scholar of gender in the American experience."--Anya Jabour, author of Marriage in the Early Republic: Elizabeth and William Wirt and the Companionate Ideal

"The essays in Southern Manhood are joined by an attention to race and evolving market forces. What emerges from this are often subtle arguments attuned to southern men's overlapping concerns with class and racial identity as they negotiated their position as men within local societies."--Matthew Basso, editor of Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West

"A fine collection of essays that apply the new methods and approaches of masculine studies to the study of the Old South. . . . Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South is a pioneering effort opening new ground in both the study of masculine history and the history of the American South."--North Carolina Historical Review

"All the essays in this collection are insightful, original, well written, well researched, and well worth reading."--Civil War History

"Southern Manhood is a marvelous addition to our understanding of textured manhood."--Florida Historical Quarterly

"This fine collection of essays provides an important corrective to what has been a generally narrow discussion of masculinity in the antebellum South.”--Journal of American History

"The insights that this study yields are tremendously useful and provide valuable building blocks for more in-depth epistemologies on region - including the South - in critical masculinities."—Men and Masculinities

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820326160
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256

Meet the Author


Craig Thompson Friend is an associate professor of history and Director of Public History at North Carolina State University. He is coeditor of Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South (Georgia). Lorri Glover is the John Francis Bannon Professor of History at Saint Louis University. She is the author of Southern Sons: Becoming Men in the New Nation and, with Daniel Blake Smith, The Shipwreck that Saved Jamestown.
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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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