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Northern Character: College-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era

Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai


This book examines the development and application of character, a code of honor that motivated the gentleman class of the North during the Civil War Era. The “New Brahmins,” college-educated men who constituted the elite of northern society, learned this code of behavior in their classrooms and social settings. Character encompasses ideas of proper masculine behavior, nationalistic beliefs, and a leadership class identity that these highly educated men attempted to live by. The Civil War represented both a crisis and opportunity for these young men. Viewing secession as a threat to their visi ... More

Keywords: American Civil War, character, honor, leadership, masculinity/manhood, nationalism, New England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780823271818
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823271818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai, author
Angelo State University