Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South

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Oxford University Press, 1982 - Medical - 597 pages
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award, hailed in The Washington Post as ""a work of enormous imagination and enterprise"" and in The New York Times as ""an important, original book, "" Southern Honor revolutionized our understanding of the antebellum South, revealing how Southern men adopted an ancient honor code that shaped their society from top to bottom. Using legal documents, letters, diaries, and newspaper columns, Wyatt-Brown offers fascinating examples to illuminate the dynamics of Southern life throughout the antebellum period. He describes how Southern whites.
 

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Bertram Wyatt-Brown’s Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South explores Southerners’ understandings of honor and how that affected their lives and society. The book speaks to cultural ... Read full review

Contents

Honor in Literary Perspective
xxi
Primal Honor Valor Blood and Bonding
19
Primal Honor The Tensions of Patriarchy
56
Gentility
82
Fathers Mothers and Progeny
111
Male Youth and Honor
143
A Young Mans Career Cultural and Familial Limits
169
Strategies of Courtship and Marriage
193
Status Law and Sexual Misconduct
286
Personal Strategies and Community Life Hospitality Gambling and Combat
321
Honor Shame and Justice in a Slavocracy
356
Policing Slave Society Insurrectionary Scares
396
Charivari and Lynch Law
429
The Anatomy of a WifeKilling
456
List of Abbreviations and Short Titles
491
Notes
495

Women in a Mans World Role and SelfImage
220
Law Property and Male Dominance
248
Male Custom in Family Life
266

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Bertram Wyatt-Brown is at University of Florida.

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