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University of Central Florida
American History
AMH 2010

Jean Philippe, Wendy K. Focus Point: Pennsylvania Culture of Honor The Planter Class of the South was a society dominated by great plantations and wealthy landowning planters. Wealthy southern whites maintained their image of themselves as aristocrats in many ways. Medieval knights were a popular and powerful image and there was a special role for southern white women. Southern white males believed they were the 'cavalier' and adopted a code of chivalry through dueling. Women were affected "through their role in the socialization process, as well as active participation." they were thought of as "the southern "Belk"- usually a virgin who was educated and had authority. Many of these women engaged in the economic life of the family and helped supervise the slave workforce. But because of the code of honor in the region and the men’s chivalrous behavior towards the women, the southern Belk had a subordinate status compared to women in the North. Perhaps the most significant reason for the idea of honor in the South was tied to the public appearance of dignity, authority, ethical behavior, and bravery. Southern white males wanted to be challenged in their "manhood". Bringing the Code of Honor into action was deemed a necessity in many parts of Southern society and bringing vengeance for the women was their duty as a white south
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