AMERICAN MANHOOD 5
TheNew Englanders’ beliefs on regarding men played a significant rolein shaping the behaviors of early men in the United States. By theeighteenth century, the Puritans had no specific roles for either menor women, hence they were considered. However, New Englandersassociated them with leadership. New Englanders believed thatfamilies, states, and church were supposed to be headed by men. Thebelief was inculcated in the early American manhood that men wereleaders, wiser and superior to women. In addition, they were bothstronger in mind and body than women were.
NewEnglanders also classified the beliefs as either male or femaleoriented. Men were attributed with characters such as lust for power,assertiveness, and fame. On the contrary, they associated women withbehaviors such as love for idle pleasures, taste for luxury, andsubmissiveness.
TheNew Englanders also emphasized on men fulfilling the duty of afamily. Traditionally, the society was organized into roles, thuseach man had an obligation of accomplishing communityresponsibilities. However, tasks that involved men were valueddepending on the extent at which the obligation accomplished the taskof serving the community. To accomplish social responsibilities, menrequired learning submission to superiors, duty, and fate. TheChristian faith, which was the New Englanders main religion mainlyemphasized on submission.
Inaddition, the society was classified into class, gender, and age. Forexample, women submitted to men, and sons submitted to fathers.However, the society emphasized that men should refrain from abusingtheir powers by oppressing less powerful individuals.
Lastly,the Puritan society influenced early American manhood throughcreating an allusion that assertiveness was mainly associated withmen. In addition, the culture claimed that assertiveness based onpersonal achievement was detrimental to the society.