“Full-Grown, Large and Shapely”: Parades, Free Labor, and Civic Manhood after the Civil War Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Rothberg, Emma
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • This thesis explores three case studies in late nineteenth-century parading—the Baltimore Sesquicentennial Celebration (1880), the Opening of the Brooklyn Bridge (1883), and New York’s Centennial Celebration of Evacuation Day (1883). These three civic ceremonies, ostensibly intended to celebrate places, epochs, and all who lived in them, were in fact elite dominated and privileged monied elites’ ideal manhood, “civic manhood.” “Civic manhood” was based on free labor ideology and voluntary civic engagement and also glorified participation in the marketplace. This thesis addresses these parades as part of broader contestations over manhood after the Civil War. It draws on newspaper accounts of the parades and materials produced by the three parades’ planning committees to show the similarities in conception, organization, and execution of the parades led to civic ceremonies that in fact privileged monied elites’ ideal manhood and claims to authority.
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  • Brundage, W. Fitzhugh
  • Sturkey, William
  • Gellman, Erik
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Graduation year
  • 2018

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