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- DescriptionExtending his investigation into the ethical life of the white American south beyond Southern Hour (1982), Bertram Wyatt-Brown explores three major themes: the political aspects of the South's code of hour, 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 study first demonstrates the psychological complexity of race relations, drawing provocative comparisons between American slave oppression and the Nazi concentration camp experience. The author then reveals how the rhetoric and rituals of hour affected the revolutionary generation, and through a study of Andrew Jackson duelling and other demonstrations of manhood, how American politicians won or lost popularity. In perhaps the most subtle and intriguing section of the book, he discloses the interconnections of hour and religious belief and practice. Finally exploring the effects of war and defeat on former confederates, Wyatt-Brown proposes that the rise in violent racism following the Civil War had significant links to the shame of military defeat and the spurious invocation of religious convictions.
- Author BiographyBertram Wyatt-Brown is Richard J. Milbauer Professor of History at the University of Florida. His books include Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South and The House of Percy: Honor, Melancholy, and Imagination in a Southern Family.
- Author(s)Bertram Wyatt-Brown
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2001
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Noteappendix, notes, index
- Weight603 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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