A Republic of Men: The American Founders, Gendered Language, by Mark E. Kann

By Mark E. Kann

What function did manhood play in early American Politics? In A Republic of Men, Mark E. Kann argues that the yankee founders aspired to create a "republic of guys" yet feared that "disorderly males" threatened its delivery, overall healthiness, and durability. Kann demonstrates how hegemonic norms of manhood–exemplified via "the relatives Man," for instance--were deployed as a way of stigmatizing unworthy males, profitable in charge males with citizenship, and empowering unprecedented males with positions of management and authority, whereas aside from ladies from public life.

Kann means that the founders dedicated themselves in idea to the democratic proposition that each one males have been created unfastened and equivalent and will now not be ruled with no their very own consent, yet that they certainly not believed that "all males" should be relied on with equivalent liberty, equivalent citizenship, or equivalent authority. The founders built a "grammar of manhood" to handle a few tough questions on public order. have been America's disorderly males certified for citizenship? have been they prone to realize manly leaders, consent to their authority, and defer to their knowledge? A Republic of Men compellingly analyzes the ways that the founders used a rhetoric of manhood to stabilize American politics.

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