Dr. Craig Friend, director of public history, is editor of Southern Masculinity: Perspectives on Manhood in the South Since Reconstruction, a recent release from the University of Georgia Press. The book analyzes how southern men crafted post-Civil War notions of manhood in opposition to northern ideals of masculinity and as counterpoint to southern womanhood.
The collection examines masculinity in relation to Reconstruction, the New South, racism, southern womanhood, the Sunbelt, gay rights and the rise of the Christian Right. Essays reexamine the impact of familiar figures such as Arthur Ashe. Other essays explore the womanless wedding and Cherokee masculinity.