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Northern CharacterCollege-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era$
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Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271818

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271818.001.0001

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To Act Like Men

To Act Like Men

Building Character in the New Brahmins

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Northern Character

Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the development and New Brahmins’ understanding of the concept of northern honor or character. Colleges taught their young men to think independently, restrain their emotions, and never compromise their positions. New Brahmins argued the elitist position that only individuals such as themselves, because of their education and their character training, could make the best decisions as society’s leaders. Such ideas also corresponded with these individuals’ sense of masculinity and their class-based concepts about themselves and their role in nineteenth-century society.

Keywords:   character, honor, masculinity

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