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All that makes a man [electronic resource] : love and ambition in the Civil War South /
Stephen W. Berry II.
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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xiii, 286 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0195145674 (alk. paper)
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New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
isbn
0195145674 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8708972
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-281) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Stephen W. Berry II is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2003-01-06:
An expanded doctoral dissertation, this study of the motives of Southern men before and during the Civil War has a trade book's title and subtitle, but in style and substance it is really an academic monograph. Berry-assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke-argues that the pursuit of distinction ("eclat") in the eyes of a virtuous woman was a compelling motive for men to go off to war. He offers six case studies, including fire-eating secessionist Laurence Keit's pursuit of commitment-phobic Susanna Sparks, and the paradoxically named David Outlaw, a lawyer who gave up a political career in revulsion at what he saw as the sexual immorality rampant in Washington, D.C. In wealthy young Henry Dixon, a planter-class playboy, burgeoning adolescent sexuality fought (and eventually won) over his desire to worship women and led him to a case of syphilis. Nathaniel Dawson married a formidable and demanding half-sister of Mary Lincoln, who won his undying love through peace and war. Theodore Montfort was a middle-aged paterfamilias who sought distinction by enlisting, and lawyer Henry Croft went through life worshipping the memory of his fiancee, who died two weeks before the wedding. The author frames his character sketches in informative and sometimes provocative essays on sex and gender roles, and adds a melancholy note by recording that Montfort and Keit died in the war and Dixon died of syphilis. This book looks in two directions, toward gender studies and toward the Civil War, and determined readers interested in either can extract considerable value from it. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
Review Quotes
"Berry's study combines superb scholarship with a poet's love of language.From his own pen and from those of his sources, he seasons his text with turnsof phrase that bring pleasure to eye, ear and tongue."--Baltimore Sun
"Berry's study combines superb scholarship with a poet's love of language. From his own pen and from those of his sources, he seasons his text with turns of phrase that bring pleasure to eye, ear and tongue."--Baltimore Sun
"Berry's study combines superb scholarship with a poet's love of language. From his own pen and from those of his sources, he seasons his text with turns of phrase that bring pleasure to eye, ear and tongue."-- Baltimore Sun "Berry frames his character sketches in informative and sometimes provocative essays on sex and gender roles.... This book looks in two direction, toward gender studies and toward the Civil War, and determined readers interested in either can extract considerable value from it."-- Publishers Weekly "Stephen Berry has mined the letters and diaries of Southern white men and women of the Civil War generation to explore the relationship among the competing masculine values of love and ambition, home and honor, sensitivity and stoicism. The wrenching impact of war on the tensions between the outer and inner meanings of masculinity form the central theme of this fascinating study."--James M. McPherson, Princeton University "Stephen Berry's new book makes powerful contributions to Southern history, Civil War history, and gender history. But, most of all, it is a landmark achievement in historical writing. Addressed as much to the heart as to the head, it leaves an irreducible--and unforgettable--impression. The scene dazzles, the characters live, the prose sings."--John Demos, Yale University "With an elegance and intellectual breadth rarely found in a first book, All That Makes a Man provides memorable vignettes about how Southern gentlemen of the Civil War era lived, loved, and died--many of them in battle. Stephen Berry's study deeply probes the nature of manliness as they defined it for themselves. Offering fertile readings of letters, diaries, and imaginative literature, he skillfully illuminates a perilous, tragic period in regional history." --Bertram Wyatt-Brown, University of Florida
"Berry's study combines superb scholarship with a poet's love of language. From his own pen and from those of his sources, he seasons his text with turns of phrase that bring pleasure to eye, ear and tongue."--Baltimore Sun "Berry frames his character sketches in informative and sometimes provocative essays on sex and gender roles.... This book looks in two direction, toward gender studies and toward the Civil War, and determined readers interested in either can extract considerable value from it."--PublishersWeekly "Stephen Berry has mined the letters and diaries of Southern white men and women of the Civil War generation to explore the relationship among the competing masculine values of love and ambition, home and honor, sensitivity and stoicism. The wrenching impact of war on the tensions between the outer and inner meanings of masculinity form the central theme of this fascinating study."--James M. McPherson, Princeton University "Stephen Berry's new book makes powerful contributions to Southern history, Civil War history, and gender history. But, most of all, it is a landmark achievement in historical writing. Addressed as much to the heart as to the head, it leaves an irreducible--and unforgettable--impression. The scene dazzles, the characters live, the prose sings."--John Demos, Yale University "With an elegance and intellectual breadth rarely found in a first book,All That Makes a Manprovides memorable vignettes about how Southern gentlemen of the Civil War era lived, loved, and died--many of them in battle. Stephen Berry's study deeply probes the nature of manliness as they defined it for themselves. Offering fertile readings of letters, diaries, and imaginative literature, he skillfully illuminates a perilous, tragic period in regional history." --Bertram Wyatt-Brown, University of Florida
"Breathtakingly original and eloquently written, this page turnertransports the reader into the intimate lives of antebellum white southerners.With empathy and wisdom, Berry makes abstractions such as love and honor as realas voting patterns and battle lines. The personal, it turns out, was political.Berry has set a new standard for writing gender history."--Glenda Gilmore, YaleUniversity
"Breathtakingly original and eloquently written, this page turner transports the reader into the intimate lives of antebellum white southerners. With empathy and wisdom, Berry makes abstractions such as love and honor as real as voting patterns and battle lines. The personal, it turns out,was political. Berry has set a new standard for writing gender history."--Glenda Gilmore, Yale University
"Stephen Berry has mined the letters and diaries of Southern white men andwomen of the Civil War generation to explore the relationship among thecompeting masculine values of love and ambition, home and honor, sensitivity andstoicism. The wrenching impact of war on the tensions between the outer andinner meanings of masculinity form the central theme of this fascinatingstudy."--James M. McPherson, Princeton University
"Stephen Berry has mined the letters and diaries of Southern white men and women of the Civil War generation to explore the relationship among the competing masculine values of love and ambition, home and honor, sensitivity and stoicism. The wrenching impact of war on the tensions between theouter and inner meanings of masculinity form the central theme of this fascinating study."--James M. McPherson, Princeton University
"Stephen Berry's new book makes powerful contributions to Southernhistory, Civil War history, and gender history. But, most of all, it is alandmark achievement in historical writing. Addressed as much to the heart asto the head, it leaves an irreducible--and unforgettable--impression. The scenedazzles, the characters live, the prose sings."--John Demos, YaleUniversity
"Stephen Berry's new book makes powerful contributions to Southern history, Civil War history, and gender history. But, most of all, it is a landmark achievement in historical writing. Addressed as much to the heart as to the head, it leaves an irreducible--and unforgettable--impression. Thescene dazzles, the characters live, the prose sings."--John Demos, Yale University
... there is a lot that is valuable in this work for anyone interested in the social history of the antebellum South. The biographies of these southern men are handled with flair and panache.
... this book is a fascinating collection of mini-biographies, derived from an impressive array of manuscript sources, and one that historians will be mining for anecdotes for years to come.
"With an elegance and intellectual breadth rarely found in a first book,All That Makes a Man provides memorable vignettes about how Southern gentlemenof the Civil War era lived, loved, and died--many of them in battle. StephenBerry's study deeply probes the nature of manliness as they defined it forthemselves. Offering fertile readings of letters, diaries, and imaginativeliterature, he skillfully illuminates a perilous, tragic period in regionalhistory." --Bertram Wyatt-Brown, University of Florida
"With an elegance and intellectual breadth rarely found in a first book, All That Makes a Man provides memorable vignettes about how Southern gentlemen of the Civil War era lived, loved, and died--many of them in battle. Stephen Berry's study deeply probes the nature of manliness as theydefined it for themselves. Offering fertile readings of letters, diaries, and imaginative literature, he skillfully illuminates a perilous, tragic period in regional history." --Bertram Wyatt-Brown, University of Florida
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
In May 1861, Jefferson Davis issued a call for volunteers for the Confederate Army. Men responded in such numbers that 200,000 had to be turned away. Drawing upon diaries and personal letters, this book weaves together the stories of six men, detailing the roles that love and ambition played in their lives.
Long Description
In May 1861, Jefferson Davis issued a general call for volunteers for the Confederate Army. Men responded in such numbers that 200,000 had to be turned away. Few of these men would have attributed their zeal to the cause of states' rights or slavery. As All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South makes clear, most southern men saw the war more simply as a test of their manhood, a chance to defend the honor of their sweethearts, fiancés, and wives back home. Drawing upon diaries and personal letters, Stephen Berry seamlessly weaves together the stories of six very different men, detailing the tangled roles that love and ambition played in each man's life. Their writings reveal a male-dominated Southern culture that exalted women as "repositories of divine grace" and treasured romantic love as the platform from which men launched their bids for greatness. The exhilarating onset of war seemed to these, and most southern men, a grand opportunity to fulfill their ambition for glory and to prove their love for women--on the same field of battle. As the realities of the war became apparent, however, the letters and diaries turned from idealized themes of honor and country to solemn reflections on love and home. Elegant and poetic, All That Makes a Man recovers the emotional lives of unsung Southern men and women and reveals that the fiction of Cold Mountain mirrors a poignant reality. In their search for a cause worthy of their lives, many Southern soldiers were disappointed in their hopes for a Southern nation. But they still had their women's love, and there they would rebuild.
Main Description
In May 1861, Jefferson Davis issued a general call for volunteers for the Confederate Army. Men responded in such numbers that 200,000 had to be turned away. Few of these men would have attributed their zeal to the cause of states' rights or slavery. AsAll That Makes a Man: Love and Ambitionin the Civil War Southmakes clear, most southern men saw the war more simply as a test of their manhood, a chance to defend the honor of their sweethearts, fianc s, and wives back home. Drawing upon diaries and personal letters, Stephen Berry seamlessly weaves together the stories of six very different men, detailing the tangled roles that love and ambition played in each man's life. Their writings reveal a male-dominated Southern culture that exalted women as "repositories of divine grace" and treasured romantic love as the platform from which men launched their bids for greatness. The exhilarating onset of war seemed to these, and most southern men, a grand opportunity to fulfill their ambition for glory and to prove their love for women--on the same field of battle. As the realities of the war became apparent, however, the letters and diaries turned from idealized themes of honor and country to solemn reflections on love and home. Elegant and poetic,All That Makes a Manrecovers the emotional lives of unsung Southern men and women and reveals that the fiction ofCold Mountainmirrors a poignant reality. In their search for a cause worthy of their lives, many Southern soldiers were disappointed in their hopes for a Southern nation. But they still had their women's love, and there they would rebuild.
Main Description
In May 1861, Jefferson Davis issued a general call for volunteers for the Confederate Army. Men responded in such numbers that 200,000 had to be turned away. Few of these men would have attributed their zeal to the cause of states' rights or slavery. AsAll That Makes a Man: Love and Ambitionin the Civil War Southmakes clear, most southern men saw the war more simply as a test of their manhood, a chance to defend the honor of their sweethearts, fiancés, and wives back home. Drawing upon diaries and personal letters, Stephen Berry seamlessly weaves together the stories of six very different men, detailing the tangled roles that love and ambition played in each man's life. Their writings reveal a male-dominated Southern culture that exalted women as "repositories of divine grace" and treasured romantic love as the platform from which men launched their bids for greatness. The exhilarating onset of war seemed to these, and most southern men, a grand opportunity to fulfill their ambition for glory and to prove their love for women--on the same field of battle. As the realities of the war became apparent, however, the letters and diaries turned from idealized themes of honor and country to solemn reflections on love and home. Elegant and poetic,All That Makes a Manrecovers the emotional lives of unsung Southern men and women and reveals that the fiction ofCold Mountainmirrors a poignant reality. In their search for a cause worthy of their lives, many Southern soldiers were disappointed in their hopes for a Southern nation. But they still had their women's love, and there they would rebuild.
Main Description
In May 1861, Jefferson Davis issued a general call for volunteers for the Confederate Army. Men responded in such numbers that 200,000 had to be turned away. Few of these men would have attributed their zeal to the cause of states' rights or slavery. As All That Makes a Man: Love and Ambition in the Civil War South makes clear, most southern men saw the war more simply as a test of their manhood, a chance to defend the honor of their sweethearts, fiancés, and wives back home. Drawing upon diaries and personal letters, Stephen Berry seamlessly weaves together the stories of six very different men, detailing the tangled roles that love and ambition played in each man's life. Their writings reveal a male-dominated Southern culture that exalted women as "repositories of divine grace" and treasured romantic love as the platform from which men launched their bids for greatness. The exhilarating onset of war seemed to these, and most southern men, a grand opportunity to fulfill their ambition for glory and to prove their love for women--on the same field of battle. As the realities of the war became apparent, however, the letters and diaries turned from idealized themes of honor and country to solemn reflections on love and home. Elegant and poetic, All That Makes a Man recovers the emotional lives of unsung Southern men and women and reveals that the fiction of Cold Mountain mirrors a poignant reality. In their search for a cause worthy of their lives, many Southern soldiers were disappointed in their hopes for a Southern nation. But they still had their women's love, and there they would rebuild. All that Makes a Man was a finalist 2004 Peter Seaborg Award for Civil War Scholarship, George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War.
Unpaid Annotation
Drawing upon Civil War diaries and personal letters, this collection of real-life stories makes it clear that most Southern men initially saw the exhilarating onset of war as a test of their manhood--a chance to defend the honor of their sweethearts, fiances, and wives back home. 20 halftones.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Men and Ambition
All That Makes a Manp. 17
Two Separate Yet Most Intimate Thingsp. 45
Laurence Massillon Keitt: Politics as Epic Poemp. 47
Henry Craft: The Memory of Lovep. 64
Men and Women
Across a Great Dividep. 83
Purity and Desirep. 114
David Outlaw: This Hollow Hearted Sodomp. 118
Harry St. John Dixon: An Apple Before a Childp. 136
Men and War
A Fountain of Watersp. 163
Looking Homewardp. 193
Nathaniel Dawson: The Unstudied Language of the Heartp. 196
Theodorick Montfort: Something to Love and Pettp. 218
Epiloguep. 227
Notesp. 239
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 283
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