Southerners of the antebellum era made it clear that they subscribed to an ethic of honor, but they never specified exactly what honor meant. In large part, this was because the meaning of honor depended on its immediate context, on who claimed and who acknowledged it.
Copyright © 1989 University of North Carolina Press. This entry first appeared in the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (1989), 1483-1484.
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Ayers, Edward L. "Honor." Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1989.