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My Brother Slaves – "Friendship, Masculinity, and Resistance in the Antebellum South" - Kentucky Scholarship Online
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My Brother Slaves: "Friendship, Masculinity, and Resistance in the Antebellum South"

Sergio A. Lussana


This is the first book-length study of enslaved men and masculinity in the antebellum South. It examines the close relationships shared among enslaved men and argues that the lives of these men were intertwined. Across the antebellum South, enslaved men created an all-male subculture, engaging in homosocial recreational pursuits such as drinking, gambling, wrestling, and hunting. Through these activities, they constructed markers of status, identity, and masculinity and forged lasting friendships. The book argues that homosocial company was integral to the gendered identity and self-esteem of ... More

Keywords: Slavery, Antebellum South, Masculinity, Gender, Homosocial, Friendship, Male friendship, Slave resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780813166940
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813166940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergio A. Lussana, author
Nottingham Trent University