Manners and Southern History (2007)
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Southerners are famous for their politeness, hospitality, quick friendliness, chivalry, and gentility. Tied up in these traditions are questions like:
How true is the belief that the South is politer and friendlier than the rest of America?
How has Southern etiquette expressed itself in the region's politics, tourist industry, dining habits, sports, holidays, literature, and film?
How have issues of race and gender affected Southern manners?
How have Southern manners stayed the same or changed over time?
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According to the Oxford English Dictionary Online, chivalry is the "brave, honourable, and courteous character attributed to the ideal knight; disinterested bravery, honour, and courtesy".
Many Southern men have aspired to this ideal. What are the good and bad aspects of chivalry? What assumptions underlie chivalry?
Read more about chivalry past and present:
The Chivalry of the South (1864)