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Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction

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Overview

The follow-up to the critically acclaimed collection Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South (Georgia, 2004), Southern Masculinity explores the contours of southern male identity from Reconstruction to the present. Twelve case studies document the changing definitions of southern masculine identity as understood in conjunction with identities based on race, gender, age, sexuality, and geography.

After the Civil War, southern men crafted notions of manhood in opposition to northern ideals of masculinity and as counterpoint to southern womanhood. At the same time, manliness in the South—as understood by individuals and within communities—retained and transformed antebellum conceptions of honor and mastery. This collection examines masculinity with respect to Reconstruction, the New South, racism, southern womanhood, the Sunbelt, gay rights, and the rise of the Christian Right. Familiar figures such as Arthur Ashe are investigated from fresh angles, while other essays plumb new areas such as the womanless wedding and Cherokee masculinity.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This collection of well-researched and well-written essays, however, is more than a companion piece to Southern Manhood. It adds rich texture and nuance to the body of scholarship about American manhood and masculinity through its regional focus and attention to multiple markers of identity."—Journal of Southern History

"If W. J. Cash were alive today, he would rejoice that this exciting volume continues the long-standing effort, one that he began, to make sense of a Christ- and honor-haunted, racially charged, and conservative culture. These fresh and insightful essays reveal just how much the 'New South' owed to the spirit of the old while only partially incorporating more modern ideas and ideals. Southern Masculinity will take its worthy place next to the other classic studies of this often misapprehended region.”—Bertram Wyatt-Brown, author of The Shaping of Southern Culture

"Analytically interesting and empirically rich, these very strong essays form a fine companion to Southern Manhood.”—Michael Kimmel, author of Manhood in America

"A successful venture and a fascinating opening into the complex ideals of masculinity as they were imagined and acted out."—Alabama Review

"It offers the accessibility needed for students while providing the depth of insight and intriguing lines of study for more senior scholars. Southern Masculinity should be on the shelf of those hoping to understand the many styles of manhood in the American South."—Southern Historian

“In Southern Masculinity, editor Craig Thompson Friend pulls together a set of essays which examine the layered, interwoven and fragmented histories of American men of the South, which reflect the movement leading up to the modern period of ‘conservative resurgence’ and rebellion we find our country in today.”—Phellom McDaniels III, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820329505
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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).

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Table of Contents

From Southern Manhood to Southern Masculinities: An Introduction Craig Thompson Friend vii

Reconstructing Men in Savannah, Georgia, 1865-1876 Karen Taylor 1

The Price of Eternal Honor: Independent White Christian Manhood in the Late Nineteenth-Century South Joe Creech 25

Violent Masculinity: Learning Ritual and Performance in Southern Lynchings Kris DuRocher 46

In Defense of "This Great Family Government and Estate": Cherokee Masculinity and the Opposition to Allotment Rose Stremlau 65

William Raoul's Alternative Honor: Socialism and Masculinity in the New South Steve Blankenship 83

Privilege's Mausoleum: The Ruination of White Southern Manhood in The Sound and the Fury Christopher Breu 106

The Cosmopolitanism of William Alexander Percy Benjamin E. Wise 129

A Subversive Savior: Manhood and African American Images of Christ in the Early Twentieth-Century South Edward J. Blum 150

Memory and Masculinity: Arthur Ashe in Word, Deed, and Monument Matthew Mace Barbee 174

Southern Sodomy; or, What the Coppers Saw John Howard 196

The Womanless Wedding: Masculinity, Cross-Dressing, and Gender Inversions in the Modern South Craig Thompson Friend 219

A New Kind of Patriarchy: Inerrancy and Masculinity in the Southern Baptist Convention, 1979-2000 Seth Dowland 246

Contributors 269

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