By Matthew Basso
In around the nice Divide, a few of our top historians glance to either the background of masculinity within the West and to the ways in which this adventure has been represented in video clips, well known song, dimestore novels, and folklore.
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Vendetta and lin eage feuds were typical of the fights through which upper-class men avenged sullied reputations and restored their claims to virtue. Honor as virtue was an attribute of both individuals and corporate groups. When speaking of personal honor, it was considered a state of con science that elevated the person's actions above reproach. If a person's inten tions were honorable, it was irrelevent what others might think. This focus on intentions gave honor an aspect of personal autonomy that was displayed 26 RAM6N A.