By Robert F. Pace
A robust confluence of younger energies and entrenched codes of honor enlivens Robert F. Pace's examine the realm of male scholar collage lifestyles within the antebellum South. via large learn into documents, letters, and diaries of scholars and school from greater than twenty associations, velocity creates a bright portrait of adolescent rebelliousness suffering from the ethic to domesticate a public face of undefined, appreciate, and honesty. those destiny leaders faced authority figures, made pals, studied, courted, hung out, drank, gambled, cheated, and dueled -- all in the proven traditions in their southern culture.
For the sons of southern gentry, collage existence offered numerous demanding situations, together with attractive with northern professors and adjusting to residing clear of domestic and relatives. The younger males prolonged the standard view of upper schooling as a bridge among adolescence and maturity, innovatively growing their very own international of honor that ready them for dwelling within the better southern society. Failure to acquire a great schooling was once a grievous breach of honor for them, and speed skillfully weaves jointly tales of scholar antics, trials, and triumphs in the broader male ethos of the outdated South. whilst the Civil battle erupted, many scholars left campus to turn into infantrymen, safeguard their households, and guard a lifestyle. via war's finish, the code of honor had waned, altering the tradition of southern schools and universities forever.
Halls of Honor represents an important replace of E. Merton Coulter's 1928 vintage paintings, university existence within the previous South, which interested by the college of Georgia. Pace's vigorous examine will widen the dialogue of antebellum southern university lifestyles for many years to come.
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