Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South
Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South

Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South

by Bertram Wyatt-Brown


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597402361
Publisher: ACLS History E-Book Project
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Bertram Wyatt-Brown is Richard J. Milbauer Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. The author of House of Percy: Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family and The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, he is past president of the Southern Historical Association, the Society for Historians of Early American History, and the St. George Tucker Society. He lives in Baltimore.

Table of Contents

Preface to Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition
Part One: Origins and Definitions
1. Honor in Literary Perspective
2. Primal Honor: Valor, Blood, and Bonding
3. Primal Honor: The Tensions of Patriarchy
4. Gentility
Part Two: Family and Gender Behavior
5. Fathers, Mothers, and Progeny
6. Male Youth and Honor
7. A Young Man's Career: Cultural and Familial Limits
8. Strategies of Courtship and Marriage
9. Women in a Man's World: Role and Self-Image
10. Law, Property, and Male Dominance
11. Male Custom in Family Life
12. Status, Law, and Sexual Misconduct
Part Three: Structures of Rivalry and Social Control
13. Personal Strategies and Community Life: Hospitality, Gambling, and Combat
14. Honor, Shame, and Justice in a Slavocracy
15. Policing Slave Society: Insurrectionary Scares
16. Charivari and Lynch Law
17. The Anatomy of a Wife-Killing
List of Abbreviations and Short Titles

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