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Title

“More Gallant By Far”: Middle Class Enforcement of Masculine Ideals During the Evacuation of the Titanic

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Titanic (Steamship); Shipwreck victims--Social conditions; Masculinity--Social aspects;

Abstract

This paper examines the importance of upholding masculine ideals during the evacuation of the Titanic in 1912, and the repercussions for men who did not. The standard narrative of the evacuation celebrates first class male heroism; however, the evidence suggests second class males enforced the “rule of the sea,” sometimes removing first class males from lifeboats to give seats to women and children.

Start Date

1-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

1-4-2015 4:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Brian Roberts

Department

Department of History

Embargo Date

3-15-2015

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“More Gallant By Far”: Middle Class Enforcement of Masculine Ideals During the Evacuation of the Titanic

This paper examines the importance of upholding masculine ideals during the evacuation of the Titanic in 1912, and the repercussions for men who did not. The standard narrative of the evacuation celebrates first class male heroism; however, the evidence suggests second class males enforced the “rule of the sea,” sometimes removing first class males from lifeboats to give seats to women and children.