Sacred Remains American Attitudes Toward Death, 1799-1883

ISBN-10: 0300078684
ISBN-13: 9780300078688
Edition: 1999
Authors: Gary Laderman
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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 1/11/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 238
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792

An indispensable work for understanding the 19th century nation, this explores the changing attitudes toward death and the dead in northern Protestant communities, offering insights into the central role of the Civil War and the U.S. funeral industry.

Gary Laderman received a B.A. in psychology from California State University, Northridge, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the Religious Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a professor of American religious history and cultures at Emory University. His works include The Sacred Remains: American Attitudes Toward Death, 1799-1883; Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America; Religion and American Cultures: An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions; and Science, Religion, Societies: Histories, Cultures, Controversies.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Living with the Dead in the Antebellum North: George Washington's Invisible Corpse and the Beaver Hat
Signs of Death
From the Place of Death to the Space of Burial
Simplicity Lost: The Urban Model of Death
The Great Escape
"The Law of Nature": Revisioning Mortality and the Natural Order
Morbid Obsessions
Death in the Civil War: John Brown's Body and a Soldier's Experiences of Death on the Battlefield
Death During Wartime
"Let the Dead Bury the Dead": The Search for Closure
National Interests
"Resurrection Days" and Redemptive Blood
Disenchantment with the Mortal Remains
Looking Death in the Face
Epilogue. The Birth of the Death Industry: Abraham Lincoln's Hallowed and Hollowed Body
The Business of Death in the Late Nineteenth Century
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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