Bathed in Blood: Hunting and Mastery in the Old South by Nicolas W. Proctor

By Nicolas W. Proctor

The hunt, just like the church, courthouse, and relations, performed an indispensable position in southern society and tradition throughout the antebellum period. despite colour or classification, southern males hunted. even if hunters constantly famous the tangible profits in their mission―meat, hides, furs―they extensively utilized the search to speak rules of gender, race, category, masculinity, and group. searching used to be a great deal a social job, and for plenty of white hunters it grew to become a drama during which they can reveal their skill for mastery over girls, blacks, the flora and fauna, and their very own passions.

Nicolas Proctor argues in Bathed in Blood that simply because slaves usually followed white hunters into the sector, whites usually believed that searching used to be a very potent venue for the demonstration of white supremacy. Slaves interpreted such interactions fairly another way: they remained fascinated by the goods of the search and thought of the exertions played on the behest in their vendors as a chance to enhance their very own . even if bought as a present from a white hunter or due to their very own independent―often illicit―efforts, online game supplied them with an immense supplementary nutrients resource, an merchandise for alternate, and a degree of autonomy. by way of sharing their priceless assets with different slaves, slave hunters additionally bolstered the bonds inside their very own group. In a society predicated upon the consistent degradation of African americans, such easy acts of generosity grew to become symbolic of resistance and had a cohesive impact on slave families.

Proctor forges a brand new figuring out of the importance of searching within the antebellum South via his analyses of a wealth of journal articles and personal papers, diaries, and correspondence.

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30 The sporting press expanded in volume and influence throughout the antebellum era, but hunting never received universal acclaim. ” Some portrayed hunters as tedious bores while others criticized hunting as a waste of money. Although a few southerners picked up on these themes (usually for purposes of humorous self-deprecation), the vast majority of the pieces expressing outright hostility originated in the North. 31 These enthusiasts depended upon the sporting press as a source of reliable information.

10 The slaves who served as hunting mentors for the sons of their white owners typically were older, trusted members of the households. When these slaves taught their owners’ sons the essentials of woodcraft, they often drew upon years of firsthand experience. Their knowledge and station endowed them with a special measure of trust that gave them a favored place in the household hierarchy. Yet while the abilities of slaves in the field might be valued by whites, white hunters never competed with, or felt threatened by, the expertise of their slave auxiliaries.

Politics, law, planting, business, brawling, and dueling each provided an arena for the demonstration of masculinity, but none of these venues possessed the hunt’s combination of excitement, convenience, utility, and drama. As an important part of daily life that took place in a rarefied and almost exclusively homosocial space, hunting provided an important venue for the display of a man’s character before a variety of audiences. Bld FINAL 02(37-60)new 11/11/01 11:22 AM Page 39 Hunters at Home and in the Field  This interest in displays of masculinity echoed the southern preoccupation with honor.

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