New Men: Feminist Histories of Manliness in Early British America
This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book examines masculinity in British America from European settlement through the Revolutionary era. It argues that understandings of manliness significantly shaped the founding and development of early America. By focusing explicitly on the construction of manliness in early America, this book heeds the call of women's and gender scholars to deepen our understanding of the historical formation and deployment of gendered power in America. Within the broad understanding of masculinity in early America, the essays in this book examine how gender operated specifically in terms of oppositional identities, social interactions, and the cultural development of norms and ideals.
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