[lbo-talk] Southern vs. Northern violence

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Sun May 6 20:35:41 PDT 2007

Michael Smith wrote:
> On Sunday 06 May 2007 20:46, Doug Henwood wrote:
> > Is that culture of honor thing more common in previously colonized
> > regions than non-colonized?
> Like, say, 18th-century England and France? Places where, if you belonged to a
> certain social stratum, you had to go out at the crack of dawn and kill or be
> killed if you had an argument over the card-table the night before.

As Mark Twain among others have pointed out, there was a southern "aristocracy" which aped their betters in England and France. This had to do with class rather than being colonized. The non-aristocrats in the ante-bellum south (poor whites) had guns because they needed them to eat -- hunting. Mere speculation. Is there anyone on this list who has actually studied southern history in some detail?


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