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Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: "Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930"

Benjamin René Jordan


Contrary to works arguing that both Boy Scouting and mainstream American manhood emphasized primitive virility and martial aggression in the early twentieth century, this book demonstrates that the Boy Scouts of America widely promulgated a popular new construct of “modern manhood.” It combined nineteenth century men's virtues such as self-control and a diligent work ethic with the scientific efficiency, expert management, and hierarchical loyalty that boys in their adolescence and men needed to adapt to a rapidly urbanizing and industrializing society. Scout leaders utilized a scientific, con ... More

Keywords: Boy Scouts, Modern manhood, Primitive virility, Work ethic, Efficiency, Practical citizenship, Nonpartisan, Adolescence, Conservation, Nature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627656
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627656.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin René Jordan, author