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The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s-1890s Paperback – April 23, 2001

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"'Building on ideas developed in his highly acclaimed book Southerm Honor, Wyatt-Brown's essays are thought-provoking and clearly argued and display strong thematic unity. They should be of unusual interest to all students of southern history." - Peter Kolchin, University of Delaware"

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Wyatt-Brown has done what most historians dream about doing: produce a graceful, thoughtful, and important book. His Shaping of Southern Culture significantly contributes to our understanding of how honor animated behavior and helped create a southern ideology.--H-South

|One of the book's great virtues is that it carries the analysis of honor through the Civil War and beyond with an emphasis on the emotional and psychological dimensions. With his usual wide-ranging use of anthropology and literature, Wyatt-Brown probes the darkest recesses of southern minds.--Georgia Historical Quarterly

|Combines conceptual verve, relentless investigative energy, intellectual power, and willingness to rethink earlier ideas and conclusions in light of the work of others.--Civil War History

|Wyatt-Brown's work has compelled cultural, social, and intellectual historians to take honor as seriously as the southerners he studies. This latest work adds significantly to the debate about the nature and meaning of southern honor.--Journal of the Early Republic

|Building on ideas developed in his highly acclaimed book Southern Honor, Wyatt-Brown's essays are thought-provoking and clearly argued and display strong thematic unity. They should be of unusual interest to all students of southern history.--Peter Kolchin, University of Delaware

|A compelling work. By illuminating the complex soul of an era and its people, Wyatt-Brown offers a case study about human nature. But this should be expected of any masterful study of history.--Civil War Book Review

|Those familiar with the concept of honor will want to explore the themes and questions raised here. Those new to the subject will find a useful introduction to a complex subject. If the mark of a great historian is not only the answer he provides but also the new questions he raises, then this book is a confirmation of Wyatt-Brown's influence on a generation of historians.--Journal of American History

|An engaging and challenging series. . . . While honor remains at center stage, Wyatt-Brown perceptively explores its relation to such matters as grace and war. . . . The most interdisciplinary southern historian of his generation, Wyatt-Brown draws heavily upon anthropology, theology, and psychology for his analyses, giving his work a rare intellectual resonance. But the breadth of his reading in other disciplines is more than matched by the depth of his research in historical sources.--Journal of Southern History

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1st edition (April 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080784912X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807849125
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. Goldman on December 25, 2012
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Wyatt-Brown wrote the "benchmark" study on Antebellum Southern cultural life and mores worthy of classical historians like Kenneth Stampp or David Potter and William Davis. Wyatt-Brown brings to life the very "white" and Anglo-Saxon British heritage fashioned American style from waves of immigrants, the contours of Southern geography, class and caste formation, slavery, and the conscious values of "Southernness" always evolving from rural to urban, civil and post war, and 'Reconstruction' that left the 'South' and its peoples from east Texas to Northern Virginia more culturally unified even as always regionally diverse, racially divided, and a defiant 'colony' until WWII in all ways from the rest of the non Southern America.

For social and political and economic historians of this period, Wyatt-Brown's work will be consulted but not surpassed at least for another generation. The scholarship is sound and the fluency he has on this subject will delight all serious readers interested in Americana at large, and the "South" specifically.

Joseph Richard Goldman
University of Minnesota
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