New Men: Manliness In Early America by Thomas A. FosterNew Men: Manliness In Early America by Thomas A. Foster

New Men: Manliness In Early America

EditorThomas A. Foster

Paperback | January 24, 2011

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In 1782, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur wrote, “What then, is the American, this new man? He is an American, who, leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced.” In casting aside their European mores, these pioneers, de Crèvecoeur implied, were the very embodiment of a new culture, society, economy, and political system. But to what extent did manliness shape early America’s character and institutions? And what roles did race, ethnicity, and class play in forming masculinity?

Thomas A. Foster and his contributors grapple with these questions in New Men, showcasing how colonial and Revolutionary conditions gave rise to new standards of British American manliness. Focusing on Indian, African, and European masculinities in British America from earliest Jamestown through the Revolutionary era, and addressing such topics that range from slavery to philanthropy, and from satire to warfare, the essays in this anthology collectively demonstrate how the economic, political, social, cultural, and religious conditions of early America shaped and were shaped by ideals of masculinity.

Contributors: Susan Abram, Tyler Boulware, Kathleen Brown, Trevor Burnard, Toby L. Ditz, Carolyn Eastman, Benjamin Irvin, Janet Moore Lindman, John Gilbert McCurdy, Mary Beth Norton, Ann Marie Plane, Jessica Choppin Roney, and Natalie A. Zacek.

Title:New Men: Manliness In Early AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 24, 2011Publisher:NYU PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0814727816

ISBN - 13:9780814727812

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"In this collection of essays, the editor seeks to answer to what extent manliness in early America shaped the nation's character and institutions and what roles race, ethnicity, and class played in forming masculinity."
-Steve Goddard's History Wire,historywire.com