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New Men: Manliness in Early America

Thomas A. Foster


In 1782, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur wrote, “What then, is the American, this new man? He is an American, who, leaving behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced.” In casting aside their European mores, these pioneers, de Crèvecoeur implied, were the very embodiment of a new culture, society, economy, and political system. But to what extent did manliness shape early America's character and institutions? And what roles did race, ethnicity, and class play in forming masculinity? This book grapples with these questions, sho ... More

Keywords: American man, British American manliness, masculinity, Indian masculinity, African masculinity, European masculinity, slavery, philanthropy, early America

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814727805
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814727805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas A. Foster, editor

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