Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South

TitleSouthern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsFriend, Craig Thompson, and Lorri Glover
Number of Pages234
PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
CityAthens, GA

Spanning the era from the American Revolution to the Civil War, these nine 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. 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.

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