In Search of Manly Independence: The Migration Decision
The years between 1820 and 1830 in the West offered diminishing opportunities for the young men living in this humble place. With the changing environment, the new generation learned to formulate a new set of social values far different from their ancestors, that was to become independent from family and to embrace individualism, competition, and risk-taking. This era also embraced a new identity for the male role, that the fulfillment of a man's personal goals was attained at the expense of his existing obligations to others as he set off to meet greener pastures in the Southwest. This chapter shows the drive that sprung in the character of planter men's sons to leave home eliminating the traditional pact between generations with the belief that success was nowhere to be found in the seaboard. Migration then opened a lot of issues inside the members of the planter family and the seaboard.
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