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Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900–1930$
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Angela Hornsby-Gutting

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032931

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032931.001.0001

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“Badge of a man”

“Badge of a man”

Gender and Fraternity in North Carolina's Black Secret Society

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Black Manhood and Community Building in North Carolina, 1900–1930

Angela Hornsby-Gutting

University Press of Florida

This chapter assesses the construction and contestation of black manhood within private male-dominated spaces. The proceedings of North Carolina's Grand Lodge of Prince Hall Masons reveal the importance of gender to men and how it was retooled over time to allow for uplifting images of black manhood. This task proved challenging for Prince Hall Masons. They struggled to define what constituted respectable manhood amid the perceived threat of rival factions within their ranks, the growing calls for fraternity men to embrace a more militant politics, and, most notably, conflicts with women in their auxiliary (the Order of the Eastern Star) over work autonomy.

Keywords:   black manhood, African American men, black men, militant politics, Prince Hall Masons

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