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:

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During and after the war manly images became distorted and strange. Reconstruction so fundamentally changed manly possibilities in the South that the three figures of gentleman, yeoman, and businessman evolved almost into self-parodies, devoid of irony. The New South took Longstreet's sense of self-discipline and moral energy and turned it, with Northern help, into a kind of hard capitalism that made the hoss trader look like what he was: a bit player in a small-time freak show. Business became the Southern man's business, and the New South of Henry Grady's Atlanta Constitution literally created a new elite — urban, sophisticated, and worldly men of industry.

Keywords: New South; Atlanta Constitution; American civil war; capitalism

Chapter.  2240 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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