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Author Faust, Drew Gilpin.
Title This republic of suffering : death and the American Civil War / Drew Gilpin Faust.
Imprint New York : Vintage Books, 2009.
Edition 1st Vintage Civil War library ed.
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 Main Collection  E468.9 .F385 2009    AVAILABLE


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Call # E468.9 .F385 2009
Phys. Description xviii, 346 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Series Vintage Civil War library
Vintage Civil War library.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 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.
Summary A study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the 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 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.
Awards National Book Award finalist.
Local Note Donated by Phil Marklin
Subject United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Psychological aspects.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Influence.
Death -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Death -- United States -- Psychological aspects -- History -- 19th century.
Burial -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Burial -- United States -- Psychological aspects -- History -- 19th century.
ISBN 9780375703836
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