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“Badge of a man”

Angela Hornsby-Gutting

in Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900–1930

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780813032931
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039404 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032931.003.0003
“Badge of a man”

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This chapter assesses the construction and contestation of black manhood within private male-dominated spaces. The proceedings of North Carolina's Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masons reveal the importance of gender to men and how it was retooled over time to allow for uplifting images of black manhood. This task proved challenging for Prince Hall Masons. They struggled to define what constituted respectable manhood amid the perceived threat of rival factions within their ranks, the growing calls for fraternity men to embrace a more militant politics, and, most notably, conflicts with women in their auxiliary (the Order of the Eastern Star) over work autonomy.

Keywords: black manhood; African American men; black men; militant politics; Prince Hall Masons

Chapter.  10355 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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