|The Code of Honor in the Old South|
Reviews in American History, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Mar., 1984), pp. 24-30
(Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South by Bertram Wyatt-Brown p. 34)
- honor as immortalizing valor, particularly in the character of revenge against familial and community enemies;
- opinion of others as an indispensable part of personal identity and gauge of self-worth;
- physical appearance and ferocity of will as signs of inner merit;
- defense of male integrity and mingled fear and love of woman; and finally,
- reliance upon oath-taking as a bond in lieu of family obligations and allegiances.