Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South by Edward BaptistSouthern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South by Edward Baptist

Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South

Contribution byEdward Baptist, Greg O'brien

Paperback | July 1, 2004

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Spanning the era from the American Revolution to the Civil War, these nine pathbreaking 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. Here the reader encounters Choctaw elites struggling to maintain manly status in the market economy, black and white artisans forging rival communities and competing against the gentry for social recognition, slave men on the southern frontier balancing community expectations against owner domination, and men in a variety of military settings acting out community expectations to secure manly status.

As Southern Manhood brings definition to an emerging subdiscipline of southern history, it also pushes the broader field in new directions. 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.

EDWARD E. BAPTIST is an assistant professor of history at Cornell University and the author of Creating an Old South. 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). L...
Title:Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old SouthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.95 × 6.03 × 0.52 inPublished:July 1, 2004Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:082032616X

ISBN - 13:9780820326160

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Editorial Reviews

Southern Manhood is a marvelous addition to our understanding of textured manhood.

- Florida Historical Quarterly