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Rest in peace : a cultural history of death and the funeral home in twentieth-century America

Author: Gary Laderman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
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"In Rest in Peace, Gary Laderman traces the origins of American funeral rituals, from the evolution of embalming techniques during and after the Civil War and the shift from home funerals to funeral homes at the turn of the century to the increasing subordination of priests, ministers, and other religious figures to the funeral director throughout the twentieth century. In doing so he shows that far from  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Laderman
ISBN: 019513608X 9780195136081 019518355X 9780195183559 1423761170 9781423761174 9780195343977 0195343972
OCLC Number: 49727627
Description: xlii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Acknowledgements --
Prologue --
Introduction : 1963 --
1. From house calls to funeral homes : changing relations between the living and the dead --
2. Explaining the American funeral, 1918-1963 --
3. Good grief! Jessica Mitford makes The New York times bestseller list --
4. Keeping the dead in place : old and new patterns of consumption --
5. Final frontiers : into the twenty-first century --
Epilogue : 9/11 --
Notes --
Index.
Responsibility: Gary Laderman.
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