In the mid-19th Century, an elite southern white manâ€™s reputation could make him or break him. He worked to demonstrate honor through honest dealings, activity in church and community life, respect for white women, generosity to lower classes, and controlling his temper. Honor was essential for financial success, political clout, high standing in the community, and legitimacy as the head of a household. Southern men of the planter class believed only themselves capable of honor, so the concept of southern honor buttressed the slave system and white womenâ€™s restricted roles and rights. (UNC School of Education, â€œSouthern honorâ€)
UNC School of Education. â€œSouthern honor.â€ Learn NC: North Carolina Digital History.Â http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/nchist-antebellum/5337Â (Accessed November 20, 2012).
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