The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s-1890s

The Shaping of Southern Culture Honor Grace and War s s Extending his investigation into the ethical life of the white American South beyond what he wrote in Southern Honor Bertram Wyatt Brown explores three major themes in southern history the poli

  • Title: The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace, and War, 1760s-1890s
  • Author: Bertram Wyatt-Brown
  • ISBN: 9780807849125
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • Extending his investigation into the ethical life of the white American South beyond what he wrote in Southern Honor 1982 , Bertram Wyatt Brown explores three major themes in southern history the political aspects of the South s code of honor, the increasing prominence of Protestant faith in white southerners lives, and the devastating impact of war, defeat, and an angrExtending his investigation into the ethical life of the white American South beyond what he wrote in Southern Honor 1982 , Bertram Wyatt Brown explores three major themes in southern history the political aspects of the South s code of honor, the increasing prominence of Protestant faith in white southerners lives, and the devastating impact of war, defeat, and an angry loss of confidence during the post Civil War era This eloquent and richly textured study first demonstrates the psychological complexity of race relations, drawing new and provocative comparisons between American slave oppression and the Nazi concentration camp experience The author then reveals how the rhetoric and rituals of honor affected the Revolutionary generation and through a study of Andrew Jackson, dueling, and other demonstrations of manhood how early American politicians won or lost popularity In perhaps the most subtle and intriguing section of the book, he discloses the interconnections of honor and religious belief and practice Finally, exploring the effects of war and defeat on former Confederates, Wyatt Brown suggests that the rise of violent racism following the Civil War had significant links to the shame of military defeat and the spurious invocation of religious convictions.

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    1. A solid collection of essays from a man who's career is based upon understanding how honor motivated Southerners and turned them towards radical and violent acts, namely secession, Civil War, and postbellum race violence. It is a dark picture, in line with Mary Chesnut's belief that Southerners were living in a Greek tragedy.Works like this make me think that the South was not quite so distinctive from America. That is to say, the South's reaction to military defeat was the reaction America had [...]

    2. Of all the books I read over 7 years of higher education, this was absolutely, hands down, the worst. Several of my classmates agreed, and we went so far as to send a joint letter to Wyatt-Brown informing him of that fact. Would not recommend to anyone, especially anyone interested in Southern Culture.

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