We want your feedback!
Click here
cover image of Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America

Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America

Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930

by Benjamin René Jordan

ebook

Sign up to save your library

With an OverDrive account, you can save your favorite libraries for at-a-glance information about availability. Find out more about OverDrive accounts.

   Not today
In this illuminating look at gender and Scouting in the United States, Benjamin Rene Jordan examines how in its founding and early rise, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) integrated traditional Victorian manhood with modern, corporate-industrial values and skills. While showing how the BSA Americanized the original British Scouting program, Jordan finds that the organization's community-based activities signaled a shift in men's social norms, away from rugged agricultural individualism or martial primitivism and toward productive employment in offices and factories, stressing scientific cooperation and a pragmatic approach to the responsibilities of citizenship.
By examining the BSA's national reach and influence, Jordan demonstrates surprising ethnic diversity and religious inclusiveness in the organization's founding decades. For example, Scouting officials' preferred urban Catholic and Jewish working-class immigrants and "modernizable" African Americans and Native Americans over rural whites and other traditional farmers, who were seen as too "backward" to lead an increasingly urban-industrial society. In looking at the revered organization's past, Jordan finds that Scouting helped to broaden mainstream American manhood by modernizing traditional Victorian values to better suit a changing nation.

Publication Details

Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date:
2016

Format

  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read 3.8 MB
  • Adobe EPUB eBook 3.8 MB

Benjamin René Jordan (Author)

Benjamin Rene Jordan is associate professor in history and political science and director of the Living Learning Communities at Christian Brothers University.

More about Benjamin René Jordan
Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America
Copy and paste the code into your website.