By Matthew Basso
In around the nice Divide, a few of our major historians glance to either the historical past of masculinity within the West and to the ways in which this adventure has been represented in video clips, well known track, dimestore novels, and folklore.
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44. Philip Durham and Everett L. Jones, The Negro Cowboys (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1 965); William Loren Katz, The Black West: A Documentary and Pictorial History ofthe African-American Role in the Westward Expansion ofthe United States (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1 996); William Loren Katz, The Black West, rev. , (New York: AnchorlDoubleday, 1973); Nell Irvin Painter, The Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction (New York: Knopf, 1976); Charles L. Kenner, Buffalo Soldiers and Officers ofthe Ninth Cavalry, 1867-1898.
For the latter is an offense of an individ ual and does no harm to the Republic, while the former is an offence of such gravity that it will denigrate an entire family, dishonor a person of pre-eminence, defame and stain an entire noble lineage and destroy a thing which gives splendor and honor to the Republic. But if the 34 RAM6N A. 20 Competition for honor-virtue was limited to persons of equal status. Thus the refusal to challenge someone of a much higher or much lower state was honorable because of the recognition of these disparities.
Dona Maria Luisa de Aragon of Tome expressed a correlate of this conception of the female when she lamented in 1 766 that her married daugh ter had conceived a child from an adulterous liaison while her husband was absent in Mexico City. " Frailty to the ploys of men and the desires of flesh meant that it was necessary to seclude women to protect their virtue. Men could win and enhance their honor through action, but a woman's virtue was a quality that could not be won, only maintained or lost.
Across the Great Divide: Cultures of Manhood in the American West by Matthew Basso