RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 123232283 LA English T1 This republic of suffering : death and the American Civil War A1 Faust, Drew Gilpin., PB Alfred A. Knopf PP New York YR 2008 SN 9780375404047 037540404X AB 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.