Chapter

Counterfeit Presentments

John Mayfield

in Counterfeit Gentlemen

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033372
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039480 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033372.003.0003
Counterfeit Presentments

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Johnson Jones Hooper and Joseph Glover Baldwin have probably never met, but they were in some ways very much alike. Hooper and Baldwin typified a special group of young men who left their homes in the east during the 1820s and 1830s — an émigré generation of displaced youth. Neither planter-rich nor common white, these men were often the second or third sons of respectable families in Virginia or the Carolinas, some of whom had fallen on hard times after the Panic of 1819. Hooper and Baldwin took on market culture directly. Whatever their focus, all explored the peculiar interstice between tradition and modernity that made identity — especially male identity — so contested on the frontier.

Keywords: Johnson Jones Hooper; Joseph Glover Baldwin; market culture; frontier; male identity

Chapter.  7922 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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