American Resting Place Four Hundred Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds
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Description: A sweeping history of America as seen through its gravestones, graveyards, and burial practices, stunningly illustrated with eighty black-and-white photographs Cemeteries and burial grounds, as illuminated by an acclaimed cultural historian, are unique windows onto our religious, ethnic, and deeply human history as Americans. The dedicated mother-son team of Marilyn and Reid Yalom visited hundreds of cemeteries to create The American Resting Place, following a coast-to-coast trajectory that mirrors the vast historical pattern of American migration. Yalom's incisive, often poignant exploration of gravestone inscriptions reveal changing ideas about death and personal identity, and demonstrate how class and gender play out in stone. Rich particulars include the story of one seventeenth-century Bostonian who amassed a thousand pairs of gloves in his funeral-going lifetime, the unique burial rites and funerary symbols found in today's Native American cultures, and a "lost" Czech community brought uncannily to life in Chicago's Bohemian National Columbarium. From fascinating past to startling future--DVDs embedded in tombstones, "green" burials, and "the new aesthetic of death"--The American Resting Place is the definitive history of the American cemetery.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Reid S. Yalom is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: The American Resting Place
|Preface: Tombstones to Live By|
|Claiming the Land|
|Marking the Grave|
|Solidarity in the Cemetery|
|Distancing the Dead|
|Death's-Heads and Funeral Gloves: Boston, Massachusetts|
|"Gone Are the Living, but the Dead Remain": Newport, Rhode Island|
|Cemeteries as Real Estate: New York City|
|Plain and Fancy: Philadelphia and Lancaster County|
|The Southern Way of Death: South Carolina and Georgia|
|New Orleans: Where It's Better to Be Buried above Ground|
|Rituals of Remembrance: St. Louis and the Boonslick|
|Ethnicity, Religion, and Class in Underground Chicago|
|Celebrating the Dead in Polyglot Texas|
|California: Missionaries, Miners, Moguls, and Movie Stars|
|Who Owns the Bones? Sites and Rites in Hawaii|
|National Military Cemeteries|
|Old and New Fashions in Death|