The Company He Keeps: A History of White College Fraternities

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Univ of North Carolina Press, Mar 1, 2009 - 432 pages
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Tracing the full history of traditionally white college fraternities in America from their days in antebellum all-male schools to the sprawling modern-day college campus, Nicholas Syrett reveals how fraternity brothers have defined masculinity over the course of their 180-year history. Based on extensive research at twelve different schools and analyzing at least twenty national fraternities, The Company He Keeps explores many factors--such as class, religiosity, race, sexuality, athleticism, intelligence, and recklessness--that have contributed to particular versions of fraternal masculinity at different times. Syrett demonstrates the ways that fraternity brothers' masculinity has had consequences for other students on campus as well, emphasizing the exclusion of different groups of classmates and the sexual exploitation of female college students.
  

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Dry, long-winded research on the antebellum roots of white fraternity life and its impact on modern collegiate life. Interesting and makes one say "oh that's why they do that." Read full review

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This is a wonderfully researched, written and thought out book, that would appeal to readers both in and out of academia. Nick uses historical documents from fraternities to study the way that men ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Founding and Function of College Fraternities
13
Chapter 2 The Sacred the Secular and the Manly
51
National Brotherhood in the Nineteenth Century
79
Social Class and the Rise of the Fraternity in the Postbellum Years
121
Fraternity Men in the 1920s
183
PostWorld War II Fraternities
229
Conclusion
285
Notes
307
Bibliography
373
Index
401
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About the author (2009)

Nicholas L. Syrett is assistant professor of history and director of graduate studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

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