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

By Mark E. Kann

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

Kann means that the founders dedicated themselves in concept to the democratic proposition that every one males have been created loose and equivalent and will now not be ruled with no their very own consent, yet that they by no means believed that "all males" will be relied on with equivalent liberty, equivalent citizenship, or equivalent authority. The founders built a "grammar of manhood" to deal with 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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