Manliness and Civilization A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917

ISBN-10: 0226041395
ISBN-13: 9780226041391
Edition: 1995
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 308
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

When former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries came out of retirement on the fourth of July, 1910 to fight current black heavywight champion Jack Johnson in Reno, Nevada, he boasted that he was doing it "for the sole purpose of proving that a white man is better than a negro." Jeffries, though, was trounced. Whites everywhere rioted. The furor, Gail Bederman demonstrates, was part of two fundamental and volatile national obsessions: manhood and racial dominance. In turn-of-the-century America, cultural ideals of manhood changed profoundly, as Victorian notions of self-restrained, moral manliness were challenged by ideals of an aggressive, overtly sexualized masculinity. Bederman traces this shift in values and shows how it brought together two seemingly contradictory ideals: the unfettered virility of racially "primitive" men and the refined superiority of "civilized" white men. Focusing on the lives and works of four very different Americans--Theodore Roosevelt, educator G. Stanley Hall, Ida B. Wells, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman--she illuminates the ideological, cultural, and social interests these ideals came to serve.

Gail Bederman was born on October 20, 1952, in Illinois. She received a B.F.A. from New York University in 1978 and an M.A. (1984) and a Ph.D. (1993) from Brown University. The result of her doctoral research was Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917. The book addresses topics, such as masculinity, sex roles, race relations, and the white supremacy movement. Bederman has contributed to other books, including Gender and American History Since 1890, and has written articles for such periodicals as American Quarterly and Radical History Review. Since 1992, Bederman has taught history at the University of Notre Dame, where she is an assistant professor.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Remaking Manhood through Race and "Civilization"
"The White Man's Civilization on Trial"
Representations of Lynching, and Northern Middle-Class Manhood
"Teaching Our Sons to Do What We Have Been Teaching the Savages to Avoid"
Racial Recapitulation, and the Neurasthenic Paradox
"Not to Sex - But to Race!"
Civilized Anglo-Saxon Womanhood, and the Return of the Primitive Rapist
Theodore Roosevelt: Manhood, Nation, and "Civilization" Conclusion: Tarzan and After
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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