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Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South

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<p>An important and timely contribution to the burgeoning field of gender history. This rich and compelling collection will take its place on the bookshelves of every serious scholar of gender in the American experience.</p> (Anya Jabour author of <i>Marriage in the Early Republic: Elizabeth and William Wirt and the Companionate Ideal</i>)

<p>The essays in <i>Southern Manhood</i> are joined by an attention to race and evolving market forces. What emerges from this are often subtle arguments attuned to southern men's overlapping concerns with class and racial identity as they negotiated their position as men within local societies.</p> (Matthew Basso editor of <i>Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West</i>)

<p>A fine collection of essays that apply the new methods and approaches of masculine studies to the study of the Old South. . . . <i>Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South</i> is a pioneering effort opening new ground in both the study of masculine history and the history of the American South.</p> (North Carolina Historical Review)

<p>All the essays in this collection are insightful, original, well written, well researched, and well worth reading.</p> (Civil War History)

<p>The insights that this study yields are tremendously useful and provide valuable building blocks for more in-depth epistemologies on region - including the South - in critical masculinities.</p> (Men and Masculinities)

<p>This fine collection of essays provides an important corrective to what has been a generally narrow discussion of masculinity in the antebellum South.</p> (Journal of American History)

<p><i>Southern Manhood</i> is a marvelous addition to our understanding of textured manhood.</p> (Florida Historical Quarterly)

About the Author

Craig Thompson Friend is an associate professor of history at the University of Central Florida. He is the editor of The Buzzel about Kentuck and the author of a forthcoming book about the Maysville Road in the early American Republic period. Lorri Glover is an associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee. She is the author of All Our Relations.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082032616X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820326160
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #900,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lorri Glover teaches at Saint Louis University, where she holds the John Francis Bannon endowed chair in history. She has written extensively about early America, from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth. Her most recent works include Founders as Fathers: The Private Lives and Politics of the American Revolutionaries (Yale, 2014) and, with Craig Thompson Friend, Death and the American South (Cambridge, 2014).

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on August 21, 2004
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The editors stated that analyses of Southern masculinity have focused on upper-class, white men and their honor system. This book tries to break that mode by discussing working-class white men, Choctaw men, and African-American men. Usually, cultural critics and literary critics embrace gender studies, rather than historians. Here, however, historians juggle this ball with positive results. This book cover topics like literacy, slave escapes, humor, unions, military schools, inter alia. The authors are male and female, despite this being a men's studies text.

The book strictly covers the post-revolution and pre-Emancipation era. Those looking for a talk on modern Souther masculinity must turn elsewhere. This book does represent the entire South, rather than focusing on one state and assuming that it was representative of all of them.

The book states interesting things about Southern, white men. Not only did Southern men purposely differentiate themselves from their Northern counterparts, they also strictly saw themselves as not European. The changing economics of the South is also analyzed, noting how it changed concepts of manhood accordingly.

The book is not flawless. The first chapter, "Refuge of Manhood," details how Southern voluntary soldiers distanced themselves from women and African Americans and demanded guns and uniforms. However, these two concepts are never really brought together. The chapter ends up just being a laundry list. In "Fraternity and Masculinity," the author attempts to compare white artisans to black ones. However, she focuses much more on whites than blacks and never once explains why or bothers to note this as a problem.

The best chapter is "The Absent Subject: African American Masculinity and Forced Migration.
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