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For more than thirty years, the study of honor has been fundamental to understanding southern culture and history. Defined chiefly as reputation or public esteem, honor penetrated virtually every aspect of southern ethics and behavior, including race, gender, law, education, religion, and violence. In The Field of Honor: Essays on Southern Character and American Identity, editors John Mayfield and Todd Hagstette bring together new research by twenty emerging and established scholars who study the varied practices and principles of honor in its American context, across an array of academic disciplines. Following pathbreaking works by Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Dickson D. Bruce, and Edward L. Ayers, this collection notes that honor became a distinctive mark of southern culture and something that—alongside slavery—set the South distinctly off from the rest of the United States. This anthology brings together the work of a variety of writers who collectively explore both honor’s range and its limitations, revealing a South largely divided between the demands of honor and the challenges of an emerging market culture—one common to the United States at large. They do so by methodologically examining legal studies, market behaviors, gender, violence, and religious and literary expressions. Honor emerges here as a tool used to negotiate modernity’s challenges rather than as a rigid tradition and set of assumptions codified in unyielding rules and rhetoric. Some topics are traditional for the study of honor, some are new, but all explore the question: how different really is the South from America writ large? The Field of Honor builds an essential bridge between two distinct definitions of southern—and, by extension, American—character and identity.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Foreword: Honor’s Southern Journey
  2. Edward L. Ayers
  3. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xix-xx
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. PART I: Challenging Honor—the Marketplace
  2. pp. 23-26
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  1. The Marketplace of Values: Honor and Enterprise in the Old South
  2. John Mayfield
  3. pp. 27-42
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  1. To Civilize King Cotton’s Realm: William Gilmore Simms’s Chivalric Quest
  2. David Moltke-Hansen
  3. pp. 43-61
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  1. Bushels of Corn, Tubs of Trouble: Measuring Honor at the Pendleton Farmer’s Society, 1823–1824
  2. Kathleen M. Hilliard
  3. pp. 62-76
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  1. “A Very Honorable Man in His Trading”: Honor, Credit Reporting, and the Market Economy in Antebellum Charleston
  2. Amanda R. Mushal
  3. pp. 77-94
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  1. PART II: Honor, Violence, and the Law
  2. pp. 95-98
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  1. Writing the Duel: Rhetorical Negotiation and the Language of Honor in the Nineteenth-Century South
  2. Todd Hagstette
  3. pp. 99-114
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  1. An Honorable Death? The Stuart-Bennett Duel of 1819
  2. Matthew A. Byron
  3. pp. 115-129
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  1. “Not a Judicial Act, Yet a Judicious One”: Honor, Office, and Democracy
  2. Christopher Michael Curtis
  3. pp. 130-148
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  1. The Subversive Rhetoric of Honor and Illegality in Thomas Nelson Page’s “Marse Chan”
  2. Bradley Johnson
  3. pp. 149-164
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  1. PART III: Defining the Man—Honor and Character
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. “The Honor of New England”: Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Cilley-Graves Duel of 1838
  2. Robert S. Levine
  3. pp. 169-184
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  1. Pursuits of Character: Rethinking Honor among Antebellum Southern College Students
  2. Timothy J. Williams
  3. pp. 185-201
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  1. “The Deceivingest Fellow”: Honor, Respectability, and the Crisis of Character in the Old South
  2. Lawrence T. McDonnell
  3. pp. 202-217
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  1. “He Ordered the First Gun Fired & He Resigned First”: James Chesnut, Southern Honor, and Emotion
  2. Anna Koivusalo
  3. pp. 218-234
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  1. PART IV: Defining the Other—Honor and Shame
  2. pp. 235-238
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  1. “The Prisoner... Thinks a Great Deal of Her Virtue”: Enslaved Female Honor, Shame, and Infanticide in Antebellum Virginia
  2. Jeff Forret
  3. pp. 239-252
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  1. “Tattling Is Far More Common Here”: Gossip, Ostracism, and Reputation in the Old South
  2. Brenda Faverty
  3. pp. 253-263
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  1. “Early-Acquired Superstition”: Conjure and the Attempted Redefinition of Racial Honor
  2. pp. 264-278
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  1. PART V: The Persistence of Honor
  2. pp. 279-282
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  1. “The Secret of Vengeance”: Honor and Revenge in Andrew Lytle’s The Long Night
  2. Sarah E. Gardner
  3. pp. 283-297
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  1. Iron Chests: Honor and Manhood in Southern Evangelicalism
  2. Edward R. Crowther
  3. pp. 298-313
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  1. Honor and the Rhetoric of Conservatism in Twenty-First-Century America
  2. Dickson D. Bruce Jr. and Emily S. Bruce
  3. pp. 314-330
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 331-370
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 371-372
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 373-382
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781611177299
Related ISBN
9781611177282
MARC Record
OCLC
960969113
Pages
384
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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