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Exploring the functionality of masculinity off and on the nineteenth-century American degree, this e-book appears on the shift from the passionate muscularity to highbrow restraint as now not a linear trip towards nationwide refinement; but a multitude of masculinities struggling with concurrently for dominance and popularity.

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Acts of Manhood: The Performance of Masculinity on the American Stage, 1828–1865

Exploring the functionality of masculinity off and on the nineteenth-century American level, this ebook appears on the shift from the passionate muscularity to highbrow restraint as now not a linear trip towards nationwide refinement; but a multitude of masculinities battling at the same time for dominance and popularity.

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Calhoun, each of whom passionately (and unsuccessfully) campaigned for president, dominated political oratory between 1812 and 1852. Each provided a persuasive masculine image, which was somewhat limited by perceptions of ambition and calculation, as well as sectional issues and perspectives. Calhoun, who campaigned for president in 1824, served as vice-president in 1824 and 1828, under both Adams and Jackson. Clay, also a nominee in the 1824 election, suffered from the taint of the “corrupt bargain” with Adams and lost to Jackson in 1832 and again to James K.

His lank, ungainly body was clad in a rusty black dress coat with sleeves that should have been longer . . His black trousers, too, permitted a very full view of his large feet. . 1 Andrew Jackson. The Library Company of Philadelphia. 2 Edwin Forrest. The Library Company of Philadelphia. 3 Frederick Douglass. Image courtesy of the author. 4 Ulysses S. Grant. The Library Company of Philadelphia. The figures in these four masculine images share an austerity in dress, a formal and self-conscious dignity, and a sense of gravitas.

Positions on slavery and secession became so polarized and entrenched that oratorical powers alone could no longer postpone civil conflict. Similar tensions divided political parties as the Democrats and Whigs (and other emerging parties like the Free-Soilers) sought candidates to further delay disunion. This political chaos ultimately culminated in the election of 1860, when bickering between a hopelessly fractured Democratic party (divided between the nomination of Illinois’ Stephen A. Douglas and Kansas’ John C.

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