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Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South e-book

Author:

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

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English

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History

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Oxford University Press; 25th anniversary edition (August 31, 2007)

Pages:

640

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0195325168

Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South e-book

by Bertram Wyatt-Brown


Xxiv, 597 pages ; 23 cm. "Bertram Wyatt-Brown's wide-ranging re-examination of pre-Civil War Southern culture demonstrates the pervasiveness of the age-old code of honor in many aspects of human relations, from child-rearing habits to crimi.

Xxiv, 597 pages ; 23 cm. "Bertram Wyatt-Brown's wide-ranging re-examination of pre-Civil War Southern culture demonstrates the pervasiveness of the age-old code of honor in many aspects of human relations, from child-rearing habits to criminal justice and lynch law. The author shows that honor was the animating force in the antebellum South, the very keystone of the slave-holding Southern morality. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Bertram Wyatt-Brown is Richard J. Milbauer Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and a Visiting . Wyatt-Brown’s discussion of dueling draws upon Dickson D. Bruce’s 1979 monograph "Violence and culture in the Antebellum South". 5 people found this helpful. Milbauer Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida and a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Baltimore.

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Wyatt-Brown was the Richard J. Milbauer Professor Emeritus at the University of. .Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South, New York: Oxford. Milbauer Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, where he taught from 1983-2004, and Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University. He previously taught at Colorado State University, University of Colorado, and Case Western Reserve University (1966-1983), with special appointments to University of Wisconsin, University of Richmond, and the College of William and Mary. Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South, New York: Oxford U Press, 1982.

Bertram Wyatt-Brown’s heart is in the right place. He abhors white supremacy. It is ironic, then, that his identification of white honor as the major cause of Southern secession reinforces a somewhat romantic view of the Confederacy and Old South. Wyatt-Brown is right to connect warped white honor to racism, but I think racism weighs more than honor in the historical balance. Lots to learn here about white Southern culture, though.

Honoring Excellence in Journalism and the Arts. Loretta Tofani of The Washington Post. For her investigation of rape and sexual assault in the Prince George's County, Maryland, Detention Center. Staff of The Boston Globe.

Southern Honor is an interesting look at the concept of Honor in the south and how it tied into the culture of the whole region and all . When I purchased this book, I expected a topical history of the ways of the Old South

Southern Honor is an interesting look at the concept of Honor in the south and how it tied into the culture of the whole region and all classes. When Northerners attack the south for slavery, because of the concept of honor, it became not just an attack on the slave owners, or the rich southerners it was an attack on the whole region and culture. When I purchased this book, I expected a topical history of the ways of the Old South. WRONG! This work is an in-depth sociological study of the way honor (and other areas of person) were perceived and displayed in that lost era.

Bertram Wyatt-Brown, American Historian, educator. Served to Lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, 1953-1955. American Historians (executive county 1990-1993), Society American Historians, Southern History Association (executive county since 1994), Society for History Early American Republic (president 1995-1996), St. George Tucker Society (president since 1998), Phi BetaKappa, Phi Alpha Theta (History prize 1983). March 19, 1932 (age 80). Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America. He was the Richard J. Milbauer Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, where he taught from 1983-2004.

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Wyatt-Brown now offers us an abridgement of his hailed classic, Southern Honor, which The Journal of American History has called "a wide-ranging, innovative, and highly readable analysis of white social relations in the Old South" and "a major contribution

Wyatt-Brown now offers us an abridgement of his hailed classic, Southern Honor, which The Journal of American History has called "a wide-ranging, innovative, and highly readable analysis of white social relations in the Old South" and "a major contribution. Covering a wide range of topics including childbearing, marital patterns, duelling, slave discipline, and lynch-law, Wyatt-Brown seeks to discover the role of honor in the psyche of white Southerners.

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, living chiefly in small, rural, agrarian surroundings, in which everyone knew everyone else, established the local hierarchy of kinfolk and neighbors according to their individual and familial reputation. By claiming honor and dreading shame, they controlled their slaves, ruled their households, established the social rankings of themselves, kinfolk, and neighbors, and responded ferociously against perceived threats. The shamed and shameless sometimes suffered grievously for defying community norms. Wyatt-Brown further explains how a Southern elite refined the ethic. Learning, gentlemanly behavior, and deliberate rather than reckless resort to arms softened the cruder form, which the author calls "primal honor." In either case, honor required men to demonstrate their prowess and engage in fierce defense of individual, family, community, and regional reputation by duel, physical encounter, or war. Subordination of African-Americans was uppermost in this Southern ethic. Any threat, whether from the slaves themselves or from outside agitation, had to be met forcefully. Slavery was the root cause of the Civil War, but, according to Wyatt-Brown, honor pulled the trigger. Featuring a new introduction by the author, this anniversary edition of a classic work offers readers a compelling view of Southern culture before the Civil War.
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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 history and draws upon the work of anthropologists such as Julian Pitt-Rivers and sociological studies, particularly the theories of Emile Durkheim.
Wyatt-Brown argues, “Honor served all members of society in a world of chronic mistrust, particularly so at times of crises, great or small” (pg. xxxv). Wyatt-Brown organizes his monograph and Southern society into three overarching topics: origins and definitions of honor, family and gender behavior, and structures of rivalry and social control. His focus on the origins of honor reaches back to ancient Rome and Germanic tribes as well as English and Celtic traditions. Discussing the fundamental role of honor, Wyatt-Brown writes, “At the heart of honor…lies the evaluation of the public” (pg. 14). He identifies three essential components to honor in the form of self-worth, public vindication of that worth, and reputation (pg. 14). These concepts drive his argument as he moves through each section in his monograph.
In his discussion of gender, Wyatt-Brown links honor directly to patriarchy. The family served as a physical manifestation in the world. Wyatt-Brown writes, “Reverence for parents was a classless ideal. Few questioned the right of fathers to demand instant, outward deference” (pg. 147). Society at large, and politics specifically, replicated this system. Wyatt-Brown writes, “The occupation of politics had a familial, closed character no less than banking. A young aspirant for office almost had to have a large and strategically placed set of kinfolks” (pg. 184). This section primarily serves to set up his final chapter, about the Foster family in Natchez, Mississippi, in which a man killed his wife. Wyatt-Brown would have benefitted from advancing this case study in his monograph and investigating issues as they arose. This may also have saved him from his overuse of Freud’s theories, which no longer work in psychology.
Finally, dueling plays a key role in Wyatt-Brown’s discussion of public honor. He writes that dueling “was alleged to be a defense of personal honor. Actually, that honor was little more than the reflection of what the community judged a man to be” (pg. 350). Wyatt-Brown works to counter the misconception of the duel as a breach in social etiquette, continuously returning to the rules and structure of the event. Unlike a feud, which may ravage a community, Wyatt-Brown writes, “duels…provided structure and ritual” (pg. 352). They also circumscribed social ranks and reinforced the hierarchy of the South, further affirming Wyatt-Brown’s claim that honor was a public system.
Wyatt-Brown draws upon Carroll Smith-Rosenberg and Mary Beth Norton for his discussion of gender. When discussing slavery, he makes extensive use of Eugene Genovese and often interprets chattel slavery through the lens of paternalism, especially in his explanation of slaves as an extension of the master’s family. Wyatt-Brown’s discussion of dueling draws upon Dickson D. Bruce’s 1979 monograph "Violence and culture in the Antebellum South".
Faehn
If you are into southern history, this book is required reading. There is so much about social customs of the south that you wouldn't know except for books like this. If you do genealogy of well-to-do southern families, this book is essential.
Yadon
The enduring cultural and political differences between "Red" and "Blue" states is explained in this detailed tome. Wyatt-Brown drew on diverse sources and applied methods of history, sociology, anthropology, and economics to paint a full picture of Southern heritage and its spread to other agricultural states.

A must-read for citizens and scholars alike.
DART-SKRIMER
It is a very interesting read although at times I think it generalizes and comes close to stereotyping some behaviors and attitudes but it does provide many real life examples and quotes to support its conclusions.
furious ox
Beautifully researched and written with verve and sensibility. Wyatt-Brown tells us much about how an ethic of honor shaped the antebellum south.
Nafyn
Great read
Ubrise
I picked this book in order to get a better understanding of the American South. Chapters 1-8 were mostly informative and interesting with some biased writing but to my dismay latter chapters slid into a monotonous gaggle of what seems to be southern male white guilt focused garbage writing-endless pages of it. For example, Chapter 11 is titled Male Custom in Family Life. This chapter is anything but that and it was a cringe fest getting through half of it. Finally at page 279 I cut the book off when 90% of what I was reading was about alcoholism and wife beaters repeated over and over in different ways. My suggestion to anybody looking to buy this book is buy it used at the lowest price then when you get it chop in half and throw the last half away. Very disappointed-maybe this author is an apologist for some of those "hen-pecked, milktoast" individuals he describes in another of his mistitled chapters.
It arrived at my sisters as a gift and I am she she will love it. I was worried about the arrival but it arrived today just fine

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