Journals Higher Education



Published: 11 December 1986

288 Pages

ISBN: 9780195042429

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Honor and Violence in the Old South

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

Hailed as a classic by reviewers and historians, Bertram Wyatt-Brown's Southern Honor now appears in abridged form under the title Honor and Violence in the Old South. Winner of a Phi Alpha Theta Book Award and a Jefferson Davis Memorial Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History, this is the first major reinterpretation of Southern life and custom since W.J, Cash's The Mind of the South. It explores the meaning and expression of the ancient code of honor as whites--both slaveholders and non-slaveholders--applied it to their lives. Wyatt-Brown ranges widely--covering topics such as childbearing, marital patterns, duelling, slave discipline, and lynch-law--to discover the role of honor in the psyche of white Southerners.