The CFP below instigated a train of thought about emotions and morals in U.S. history.
I have some familiarity with historians exploring the topic of emotion through my alma mater. The history department at Loyola University Chicago houses a historian, Barbara Rosenwein, who has studied emotions in the Middle Ages/Medieval Period. Even though I’ve never read any of her work, the line of thinking intrigued me a great deal.
What historians have done work on “emotional communities” in the United States? Could this be a fruitful area of exploration for intellectual historians? Has this been an area studied, according to existing stereotypes, in women’s history?
My memory’s fuzzy on this, but didn’t T.J. Jackson Lears explore emotion in his No Place of Grace (1981)? His work is well known by intellectual historians. I know that male emotional life was covered in Barbara Ehrenreich’s Hearts of Men (1983). But I’m reasonably sure that Ehrenreich’s book has never been considered a part of the field of intellectual history.
And what of morality? I can’t think of any works of intellectual history covering a line of ethics (i.e. dishonesty) in the United States. Perhaps some work on this has been done in the ‘history of political thought’?
We could use the comments section of this post to list as many books as possible dealing with emotions and morality in U.S. history. Any takers?
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