Jokes, pokes, and blokes: Jolly fellows had fun the old-fashioned, bare-knuckled way
Male Milieus in Nineteenth-Century America (Gender Relations in the American Experience)
by Richard Stott
$55.00 List Price
A teamster in Pennsylvania awakes to find his wagon atop a barn. A sign reading CAKES AND BEER FOR SALE HERE appears over a minister's door in Virginia. Men are led from one New York saloon to another by the promise of letters from friends in California, though no such letters exist.
Most people want to be able to laugh along with jokes. Historians, however, are tasked with understanding them, a challenge Richard Stott takes up in Jolly Fellows: Male Milieus in Nineteenth-Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, $55). The pranks listed above are just a few of those pulled by a certain type of American man—rowdy, boastful, hard drinking, and fond of games, brawls, and tricks—who could dependably be found in village taverns and on city streets. The men often referred to themselves as jolly fellows, and
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