Macaulay’s book examines national trends by looking at Citadel

Alexander Macaulay

Alexander Macaulay

Alexander Macaulay, assistant professor of history at Western Carolina University, has published “Marching in Step: Masculinity, Citizenship, and The Citadel in Post-World War II America.” The book, Macaulay’s first, was published in October by the University of Georgia Press.

“Marching in Step” examines The Citadel’s response to shifts in life after World War II, including the Cold War and the ’60s student movement, and concludes that The Citadel’s concept of masculinity as characterized by strength, obedience and conformity was not distinct to the school or the South, but reflective of mainstream America.

“Ultimately, this is a book about citizenship,” Macaulay said. “Our understanding of citizenship has shifted over time and is no longer exclusively a male domain. The Citadel has mirrored larger trends and ideas nationwide.”

Macaulay_Marching_in_Step_cover_Web09For the book, Macaulay chiefly researched in The Citadel archives. More than 40 oral interviews also provide material for the book.

Macaulay, of South Carolina, earned his undergraduate degree from The Citadel and was a senior there in 1994, when Shannon Faulkner became the first woman in the school’s history to register for day classes. That event and those surrounding it have dominated Macaulay’s academic interest, serving as a catalyst for his thesis as a graduate student at the University of Tennessee and his dissertation as a doctoral student at the University of Georgia. At WCU, Macaulay also coordinates the history graduate program. His research interests include in the contemporary South, modern American history and concepts of masculinity.

“Marching in Step” is part of a UGA Press series called “Politics and Culture in the Twentieth-Century South,” studies of the region’s social, political and economic transformation. The book is available through Amazon and the University of Georgia Press, and is on order at the WCU bookstore and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

For more information about the WCU master’s program in history, contact Macaulay at 828-227-3497 or