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The White Frontiersman, Manhood, Domesticity, and Loyalty

The White Frontiersman, Manhood, Domesticity, and Loyalty

Chapter:
(p.35) Chapter Two The White Frontiersman, Manhood, Domesticity, and Loyalty
Source:
From Daniel Boone to Captain America
Author(s):
Chad A. Barbour
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496806840.003.0003

Chapter two focuses on what might be considered the foil to the Indian: the white frontiersman. Specifically in the figure of Daniel Boone, the white frontiersman portrays a complementary ideal of white manhood to the Indian male, an ideal that may appear safer in terms of racial purity, but, like the contradictory dynamic of the Indian male body's potential for attraction and repulsion, possesses a threat of perceived regression into wild or savage conditions. On one hand, Boone represents a shining ideal of white manhood, yet his adoption by the Shawnee demonstrates a permeability of racial and national identification. While the Boone figure is fully reclaimed by writers and biographers for the American cause, other white frontiersmen might remain solidly on "the other side." Simon Girty, for example, represents that a white man can be "lost" to the Indians, and thus, white settlers and citizens must be on guard to protect their sense of racial and national "loyalty." This chapter, along with the previous one, lay the groundwork of the fantasy and ideology important for the remainder of the book.

Keywords:   Frontiersman, Daniel Boone, white manhood, national identification, Simon Girty

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