ESSAY Adolescent Honor and College Student Behavior in the Old South by Robert F. Pace and Christopher A. Bjornsen I CAME VEKT NBAR LOOSING MY LlFB BV HAVING A FOOL POB A SECOND."f "age 171 ~\ EdwardBaptistfound himselfin a dilemma: he had only intended afistfight, but the southern code of honor dictated that ifhe backed downfrom this deadlypath, he would be branded a coward--a label that couldfollow him the rest ofhis life. This illustration shows theperil involved in defending one's manhood in the South. From Down the River: Practical Lessons Under the Code Duello, published in i8j4 by E.J. Hale & Son. anuary 25,1 848 started like any other day for University of Ala- bama student Edward Baptist. Due to give a recitation in class, he practiced in his room, determined to please his professor. But a childish prank would change his life forever. While Baptist prepared in his room, his friend James T. Killough mischievously locked the door from the outside. Anxious not to be late to the recitation, Baptist broke the lock and angrily brushed by Killough, who stood laughing outside the door. When Baptist returned, Killough confronted him, demanding to know why Baptist had brushed
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 2000
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