For southern historians it sometimes seems as if our understanding of southern masculinity has not progressed much since the publication of Bertram Wyatt-Brown's Southern Honor: Ethics and Behaviour in the Old South twenty-five years ago. While those interested in lives of women have published numerous monographs and articles, outlining the particular stresses and strains to which enslaved women and their free counterparts were subjected to, the same cannot be said for men. Our stereotype of the upright southern man (nearly always elite whites), concerned with his honor and with expressing his mastery of his dependents, has remained largely intact. Friend and Glover's collection aims to challenge that monolithic view of southern masculinity and does so successfully
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