This republic of suffering :death and the American Civil War /Drew Gilpin Faust.

Collection Type

  • Books and periodicals

GUSN

GUSN-319227

Description

346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm, 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 book explores the impact of this enormous death toll from every angle: material, political, intellectual, and spiritual. Historian 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 culture struggled to reconcile the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God, and reconceived its understanding of life after death.--From publisher description.

Details

Descriptive Terms

Death Social aspects History 19th century.
Death Psychological aspects History 19th century.
Burial Social aspects History 19th century.
Burial Psychological aspects History 19th century.
Amerikaanse burgeroorlog.
Soldaten.
Dood.
Coping.
History Social aspects. Civil War, 1861-1865
History Psychological aspects. Civil War, 1861-1865
History Influence. Civil War, 1861-1865

Originator

Faust, Drew Gilpin.

Contents

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.

Publication

New York : Alfred A. Knopf

Description

346 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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 book explores the impact of this enormous death toll from every angle: material, political, intellectual, and spiritual. Historian 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 culture struggled to reconcile the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God, and reconceived its understanding of life after death.--From publisher description.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-322) and index.
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica

ISBN

9780375404047
037540404X

Call Number

CPT CPT-01-110.210

Places

United States
Verenigde Staten.

Edition

1st ed.