To analyze the process whereby southern sons were turned into southern men, Glover draws upon extensive collections of letters and diaries as well as on recently published family histories of the southern gentry and on scholarship in areas ranging from the history of educational values and institutions to child-rearing approaches in the new nation. Sons were schooled in the importance of civic service and leadership, loyalty to family, and, paradoxically, autonomy: "Boys were constantly prompted to work hard, develop respected talents, educate themselves, refine their manners, and learn to act confidently in the world-so that they could be acknowledged as worthy men" (pp. 9-10).
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