American Resting Place Four Hundred Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds

ISBN-10: 0618624279

ISBN-13: 9780618624270

Edition: 2008

Authors: Marilyn Yalom, Reid S. Yalom

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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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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Reid S. Yalom is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: The American Resting Place

Photo Portfolio
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
Endnotes
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography
Index
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