By K. Kippola
Exploring the functionality of masculinity off and on the nineteenth-century American level, this ebook seems 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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17 The New York Times (1834) continued to praise, possibly with a hint of irony, Jackson’s pragmatic intelligence well into his second term: He arrives at conclusions with a rapidity which proves that his process is not through the tardy avenues of syllogism, nor over the beaten track of analysis, or the hackneyed walk of logical induction. 18 A mistrust of European aristocracy and East Coast intellectualism privileged native wisdom and encouraged a rejection of education. In his address to Yale’s Society of Phi Beta Kappa in 1844, Whig lawyer and politician Willis Hall declared, “The age of philosophy has passed.
Jackson reigned forcefully, fiercely championing state and individual rights. Whereas both provided more accessible masculine models than most politicians of the era, Lincoln brought a persuasive, articulate intelligence to the presidency that had not been seen since Adams, while simultaneously adding vulnerability to Jackson’s image of the frontier man. Rather than asserting Jacksonian authority, a role for which Lincoln was temperamentally unsuited and hardly in a position to fulfill, he exuded a comparatively sympathetic and empathetic air.
51 American audiences saw this selfless devotion to country embodied in their own leader, Washington. ” In the early Republic, Gustavus Vasa became a theatrical fixture that was performed on patriotic occasions and to commemorate the birthday of the country’s champion. Celebrating a self-made manhood that Edwin Forrest’s prize-winning dramas would come to embrace, Scotch clergyman John Home’s Douglas (1756) provided one of the more popular vehicles for young male actors, which served as a proving ground for histrionic ability and masculine sentiment.