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This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
 
 
Author
Drew Gilpin Faust.
Publisher Vintage  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.95 x 5.25 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9780375703836
Pages/Publication Date 346/2008
Daedalus Item Code 33011
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(Winner of the New York Times Editors' Choice and the Bancroft Prize; Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award; finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize; and named one of the 10 Best Books of 2008 by the New York Times Book Review) Focusing not on the Civil War's battles but on how the public came to terms with the unprecedented carnage of the war, this history shows Americans searching for a greater meaning in the conflict, as they try to reconcile the loss of 600,000 men with their faith in a benevolent God. Drawing from diaries, letters, and periodicals of the era, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust details how mass burials affected those involved, and how such conditions led to the modernization of the funeral industry. Our national veneration for those who die in battle began with the Civil War, Faust contends, alongside a growing public concern for individual rights.

"No other generation of Americans has encountered death on the scale of the Civil War generation. This Republic of Suffering is the first study of how people in both North and South coped with this uniquely devastating experience. How did they mourn the dead, honor their sacrifice, commemorate their memory, and help their families? Drew Gilpin Faust’s powerful and moving answers to these questions provide an important new dimension to our understanding of the Civil War."—James M. McPherson

 
 
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