Paternalism and Imprisonment at Castle Thunder: Reinforcing Gender Norms in the Confederate Capital

TitlePaternalism and Imprisonment at Castle Thunder: Reinforcing Gender Norms in the Confederate Capital
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsZombek, Angela
JournalCivil War History
Volume60
Issue1
Date Published09/2017
Abstract

Confederate military officials used Castle Thunder to create a gendered definition of nationalism, exalted its commanders as prime examples of southern manhood, and castigated white male and female inmates as deviants whose recalcitrant gendered behavior threatened the cause. Prison officials exercised paternalism by using imprisonment to supervise civilians who betrayed the cause. Meanwhile, journalists crafted messages about prison officers and inmates that showed the southern public how to behave. Here, Zombek discusses how the Civil War disrupted gender norms and exacerbated social anxieties. [UNC Chapel Hill Libraries]

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