He Must Be Bent to Our Will and Made into a Man

in Miss Cutler & the Case of the Resurrected Horse

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780226653631
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226653662 | DOI:
He Must Be Bent to Our Will and Made into a Man

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This chapter discusses the tendency of male child protectors in the U.S., particularly in Boston and Minneapolis, to ensure that the boys they dealt with became manly. Their consistent recommendation for addressing unmanliness included strict control and sometimes harsh punishments. They also enforced a concept of manhood in which the ideas of eventual self-reliance and independence conflicted with unquestioning acceptance of older men's authority.

Keywords: male child protectors; U.S.; Boston; Minneapolis; boys; unmanliness; strict control; punishments; manhood; self-reliance

Chapter.  2316 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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