ISBN: 1421413833
EAN13: 9781421413839
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.61" H x 9.5" L x 6.25" W
Weight: 1.13 lbs.
Format: Paperback

The Overflowing of Friendship: Love Between Men and the Creation of the American Republic

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Richard Godbeer's groundbreaking book examines loving and sentimental friendships among men in the colonial and revolutionary periods. He argues that, in the aftermath of Independence, patriots drafted a central place for male friendship in their social and political blueprint for the new republic. American revolutionaries shifted attention away from patriarchal authority to a more egalitarian model of brotherly collaboration. In striving to explore the inner emotional lives of early Americans, Godbeer succeeds in presenting an entirely fresh perspective on the personal relationships and political structures of the period.

A sophisticated analysis of sources that have long confused historians. Offering a thoughtful window onto the world of early American men, it demonstrates that sympathy and affection were important qualities for the founding fathers.--New England Quarterly

Godbeer has staked out bold ground with this book. Some early Americanists will surely scoff at the notion that sentimentality was relevant even in the macho arena of state formation, just as historians of sexuality will freeze at the inference that there is no sexual attraction or intimacy between these men. That one book could successfully intervene with both the oldest historiographical and the newest theoretical question is no small feat, but rather one for which Godbeer Read More chevron_right

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