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This Republic of Suffering Death and the American Civil War

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ISBN-10: 037540404X

ISBN-13: 9780375404047

Edition: 2008

Authors: Drew Gilpin Faust

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An illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War. During the war, approximately 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. An equivalent proportion of today’s population would be six million.This Republic of Sufferingexplores the impact of this enormous death toll from every angle: material, political, intellectual, and spiritual. The eminent historian Drew Gilpin Faust delineates the ways death changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation and its understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. She describes how survivors mourned and how a deeply religious…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

Drew Gilpin Faust is president of Harvard University. Her books include<i>Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War</i> and <i>The Creation of Confederate Nationalism: Ideology and Identity in the Civil War South.</i>

List of Illustrations Preface: The Work of Death
Dying: "To Lay Down My Life"
Killing: "The Harder Courage"
Burying: "New Lessons Caring for the Dead"
Naming: "The Significant Word UNKNOWN"
Realizing: Civilians and the Work of Mourning
Believing and Doubting: "What Means this Carnage?"
Accounting: "Our Obligations to the Dead"
Numbering: "How Many? How Many?"
Epilogue: Surviving
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index