Intellectual Manhood: University, Self, and Society in the Antebellum South (Paperback)
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Intellectual Manhood: University, Self, and Society in the Antebellum South (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 30/03/2015
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In this in-depth and detailed history, Timothy J. Williams reveals that antebellum southern higher education did more than train future secessionists and proslavery ideologues. It also fostered a growing world of intellectualism flexible enough to marry the era's middle-class value system to the honor-bound worldview of the southern gentry. By focusing on the students' perspective and drawing from a rich trove of their letters, diaries, essays, speeches, and memoirs, Williams narrates the under examined story of education and manhood at the University of North Carolina, the nation's first public university.

Every aspect of student life is considered, from the formal classroom and the vibrant curriculum of private literary societies to students' personal relationships with each other, their families, young women, and college slaves. In each of these areas, Williams sheds new light on the cultural and intellectual history of young southern men, and in the process dispels commonly held misunderstandings of southern history. Williams's fresh perspective reveals that students of this era produced a distinctly southern form of intellectual masculinity and maturity that laid the foundation for the formulation of the post-Civil War South.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469618395
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A first-rate work of scholarship that employs a student-centered approach to consider such factors as race, gender, and class at a formative moment in higher education across the antebellum period.--Journal of American History


A landmark study in the history of southern higher education, and one that will be of interest to historians of education, the South, sectionalism, and masculinity.--American Historical Review


A solid account of the intersection of manhood and education in the antebellum South.--History of Education Quarterly


Adds fresh depth and new dimensions to the ongoing debate over sectional identity. . . . Marks a major breakthrough in understanding the connection between higher learning and regional consciousness.--American Studies


Recommended."--CHOICE


A composite portrait of student life in antebellum Chapel Hill.--North Carolina Historical Review


A deeply researched and highly interesting contribution to the scholarship on education, gender, and intellectual culture in the antebellum South.--The Journal of Southern History


Challenges characterizations of antebellum Southern collegiate life. . . . Unhinges the collegiate experience from slavery and the coming for the Civil War, seeing the institution on its own terms and exploring what students read and what they believed about their purposes at school.--The Historian

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