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In Glory's Shadow: The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner, and a Changing America, (Knopf 2000)

In this, Manegold's first book, she explores the history of The Citadel, a southern institution determined to preserve tradition while all around it America was changing. The story begins in 1822, when members of South Carolina's white minority, terrified by a narrowly averted slave revolt, organized a private army to protect Charleston's elegant plantation life. Twenty years later, that small home guard was remade into The Military College of South Carolina, a hidebound institution that would resist social change at every important juncture in American history from the Civil War to landmark cases over civil rights, and finally, the inclusion of women in the ranks. Almost a quarter century after the nation's military academies embraced co-education, Citadel cadets clung to antique hierarchies and antiquated attitudes, many of which were born in a time of slavery. Careful courtesies and exquisite manners were maintained in public, but behind the institution's white crenelated walls, another order dominated -- one marked by archaic rituals and brutal hazings executed with impunity by boys who had undergone the same ugly coming-of-age dramas themselves.

In 1993, when a young woman named Shannon Faulkner was accepted to the school -- then rejected when officials realized she was female -- Shannon sued, triggering the most expensive civil rights case in American history. Manegold, who covered the legal battle as a reporter with The New York Times, used that landmark case as a wedge to dive into the institution's history and examine a system of sadism and abuse that dated to the early 1800s and a time when cotton was king, and many blacks were property. In Glory's Shadow peels back layers of lies to reveal a sorry place wedded to the language of honor, but devoted to the bare-knuckled ugliness of man's basest instincts.

Now available as a Vintage paperback.

 






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