The Antebellum Period by James M. Volo, Dorothy Denneen Volo

By James M. Volo, Dorothy Denneen Volo

The Antebellum period used to be a posh time in American tradition. younger girls had suitors name upon them, whereas males usually settled quarrels by way of dueling, and mill women labored 16-hour days to assist their households make ends meet. but whilst, a brand new the USA used to be rising. The swift development of towns encouraged Frederick legislation Olmstead to guide the circulate for public parks. Stephen Foster helped forge a catalog of yankee well known tune; writers corresponding to Washington Irving and Ralph Waldo Emerson raised the extent of yankee literature; artists resembling Thomas Cole and Thomas Doughty outlined a brand new sort of portray known as the Hudson River institution. the entire whereas, schisms among northern and southern tradition threatened to divide the country. This quantity in Greenwood's American pop culture via historical past recounts the ways that issues outdated and new intersected within the a long time prior to the Civil War.James and Dorothy Volo are one of many extra prolific writer groups in reference publishing this present day, and with this quantity they make very important contributions to Greenwood's profitable sequence on America's different heritage.

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A particularly attractive or well-heeled woman might have groups of suitors vying for her attentions. Typically, parents encouraged such groups to call together upon their daughter at home because they believed the practice discouraged gossip. Under such circumstances, young men had little opportunity of measuring the women’s attitude toward their individual suit. Most gentlemen resorted, therefore, to a go-between in the early stages of any serious courting in order to gauge whether or not their more formal attentions would be rebuffed.

Planters with an English heritage might claim their descent from the Cavaliers of the English civil wars of the 1640s. No mere followers of the Stuart Kings, planter ancestry might be derived from dukes, earls, knights, and loyal squires who had ridden at Nasby. Those with Scotch-Irish blood, who could not trace their ancestors back to the Bruce or Brian Boru, easily found ancestors among the Celtic chieftains of their clan. There were enough Southern families who had legitimate family trees of this sort—the Lees, the Fairfaxes, and the Randolphs, for instance—to maintain the “truth” of the fiction.

Relied on its kinship network and social status as a means to personal success. Outsiders saw Southern culture and institutions as backward, inefficient, and harmful to the American nation as a whole. Nonetheless, the Southern elite voluntarily assumed the role of benefactor and knight errant to all other levels of their society. This obligation was extended to their slaves in an ambiguous, but serious, way. Many Southerners were genuinely concerned for the physical and moral welfare of their slaves but 8 The Antebellum Period only in terms of continued racial separation and subjugation.

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