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To serve the living : funeral directors and the African American way of death

Author: Suzanne E Smith
Publisher: Cambridge The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"From antebellum slavery to the twenty-first century, African American funeral directors have orchestrated funerals or "home-going" ceremonies with dignity and pageantry. As entrepreneurs in a largely segregated trade, they were among the few black individuals in any community who were economically independent and not beholden to the local white power structure. Most important, their financial freedom gave them the  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Suzanne E Smith
ISBN: 9780674036215 0674036212
OCLC Number: 845594087
Awards: Short-listed for Library of Virginia Literary Awards 2011
Nominated for James A. Rawley Prize 2011
Nominated for Lawrence W. Levine Award 2011
Nominated for John Hope Franklin Publication Prize 2010
Nominated for OAH Liberty Legacy Foundation Award 2011
Nominated for Hagley Prize in Business History 2011
Description: 257 Seiten Illustrationen
Responsibility: Suzanne E. Smith


In the "hush harbors" of the slave quarters, African Americans first used funerals to bury their dead and to plan a path to freedom. Similarly, throughout the long struggle for racial equality in the  Read more...


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