One of my daily blog visits takes me to The Art of Manliness. A blog/website started by Brett McKay to help finance his way through law school. The site has, over the last few years, developed somewhat of a cult following. Count me a member of the cult. I've done a couple of pieces for the blog and the site is loaded with articles and links of interest to men who don't quite fit in with modernity's metro-sexual, Matt Lauer type of "manhood." Count me not quite fitting in.
Anyway, Brett has a most interesting post today about the "history" of manliness in America and raised the issue of how the WBTS played a part in its development.
Here's a tease:
"As America shifted from an agrarian to an industrial society, the Genteel Patriarch quickly became an endangered species. His values and traditions didn’t transfer well to the new fast-paced market economy. Seeing that his days were numbered, the Genteel Patriarch made his last stand in the American South."
I would have some nuanced disagreements with some of Brett's points, but would tend to agree with his comments overall. This will be a 3 part series titled: 3 Archetypes of American Manliness. Today is ~ Part I: The Genteel Patriarch