By K. Kippola
Exploring the functionality of masculinity off and on the nineteenth-century American degree, this e-book appears to be like on the shift from the passionate muscularity to highbrow restraint as now not a linear trip towards nationwide refinement; but a multitude of masculinities combating concurrently for dominance and popularity.
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39 No one demanded that Clay fulfill his heat-of-the-moment promise to leave office when the bill was passed. ”42 However, Clay ultimately provided a manly model with too many contradictions. His geniality and magnetic personality was tempered by a calculated moderation. Whereas his background promised the accessibility of a self-made man, his elevated airs suggested pretense. Above all, his reputation for excessive self-indulgence indicated a lack of self-restraint that limited his masculine and political appeal.
In supporting the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, an action that likely eliminated his hopes of reaching the White House, he presented the following passionate plea: And now, Mr. 45 Webster brilliantly employed repetition, and his skillful and persuasive oratorical strategies frequently achieved their desired effect, but Webster’s craft often suggested calculation. Webster constructed great speeches with an eye toward posterity, such as his eulogy of John Adams: True eloquence, indeed, does not consist in speech.
The figures in these four masculine images share an austerity in dress, a formal and self-conscious dignity, and a sense of gravitas. The image of Jackson dates from his presidency (1829–1837). Forrest’s image (1851) was disseminated shortly after his scandalous association with the Astor Place Riot and a very public divorce. The Douglass portrait was done immediately after the Civil War as African American men were attempting to establish a free masculine identity. Grant’s presidential-era portrait (1869–1877) draws comparison to that of Jackson, the previous popular war hero to complete two terms in office.
Acts of Manhood: The Performance of Masculinity on the American Stage, 1828–1865 by K. Kippola