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Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South Paperback – August 31, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0195325171 ISBN-10: 0195325176 Edition: 25th anniversary

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 25th anniversary edition (August 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195325176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195325171
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A remarkable achievement--a re-creation of the living reality of the antebellum South from thousands of bits and pieces of the dead past."--Walker Percy

"A work of enormous imagination and enterprise. Employing a beautifully woven fabric of traditional storytelling and contemporary social science, Bertram Wyatt-Brown has altered and deepened our understanding of the Southern past--and thus, inevitably, of the American past as well." --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World

"Unlike so many historians who have been interested in handing down judgments, favorable or unfavorable, on the Old South, Mr. Wyatt-Brown has studied Southerners much as an anthropologist would an aboriginal tribe. An important, original book which challenges so many widely held beliefs about the Old South." --David Herbert Donald, The New York Times

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.

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
When I purchased this book, I expected a topical history of the ways of the Old South. WRONG! This work is an in-depth sociological study of the way honor (and other areas of person) were perceived and displayed in that lost era. Not only is the exposition a shock for those who mourn for the Old South, but gives personal insight into the behavior of the region today. Excellent book - slow reading
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40 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Crossfit Len on February 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Slavery was a major cause of the civil war, and yet most Southerners did not own slaves. This is a very telling fact and an interesting question. Southern Honor is an interesting look at the concept of Honor in the south and how it tied into the culture of the whole region and all classes. When Northerners attack the south for slavery, because of the concept of honor, it became not just an attack on the slave owners, or the rich southerners it was an attack on the whole region and culture. This is an important fact when looking at the causes of the civil war. I enjoyed reading this book, I learned a lot from it, and it helped to explain why many Southerners did what they did. This is an important book to read when studying the civil war or the history of the South.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason Princeton on December 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
I had the privelege of reading Brown's work in the eleventh grade. It was recomended to me by a former History proffesor at West Point who was my American Studies instructor.
While, as pointed out by some other reviews, the book is slow to read (such as other great authors such as Page Smith, and select works by Stephen Ambrose, it offers a vital and credible perspective into the society that we lost, in my opinion, when reconstruction began. I enjoyed the read (it took me two weeks) and found it enlightening and, while comprehensive and labyrinthian in references it is a populist perspectiveon the very elitist social environment in the pre-bellum South. Overall, I would reccomend this book to any intellectual, especially those young WASPs in the South who find their cultural influences constantly being bruised by hasty generalizations, who has an interest in the gentry class of the Old South. I would reccomend a parralel read with William Faulkner or other promenint Southern writers, such as Twain, as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deborah N. Wallace on December 1, 2012
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The enduring cultural and political differences between "Red" and "Blue" states is explained in this detailed tome. Wyatt-Brown drew on diverse sources and applied methods of history, sociology, anthropology, and economics to paint a full picture of Southern heritage and its spread to other agricultural states.

A must-read for citizens and scholars alike.
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