Southern Masculinity
Perspectives on Manhood in the South since Reconstruction

Edited by Craig Thompson Friend

From Cherokee chiefs to womanless weddings


"This collection of well-researched and well-written essays, however, is more than a companion piece to Southern Manhood. It adds rich texture and nuance to the body of scholarship about American manhood and masculinity through its regional focus and attention to multiple markers of identity."
The Journal of Southern History

"The book covers new ground in a field where the stereotypical southern 'Alpha male' is a cross between the gallantry of a Robert E. Lee and the business acumen of R. J. Reynolds. This is a scholarly work that will require dedicated reading, but it will provide a wealth of information not previously addressed and will enhance any reference library."
The North Carolina Historical Review

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The follow-up to the critically acclaimed collection Southern Manhood: Perspectives on Masculinity in the Old South (Georgia, 2004), Southern Masculinity explores the contours of southern male identity from Reconstruction to the present. Twelve case studies document the changing definitions of southern masculine identity as understood in conjunction with identities based on race, gender, age, sexuality, and geography.

After the Civil War, southern men crafted notions of manhood in opposition to northern ideals of masculinity and as counterpoint to southern womanhood. At the same time, manliness in the South—as understood by individuals and within communities—retained and transformed antebellum conceptions of honor and mastery. This collection examines masculinity with respect to Reconstruction, the New South, racism, southern womanhood, the Sunbelt, gay rights, and the rise of the Christian Right. Familiar figures such as Arthur Ashe are investigated from fresh angles, while other essays plumb new areas such as the womanless wedding and Cherokee masculinity.

Page count: 288 pp.
2 b&w photos
Trim size: 6 x 9


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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).