The Resource Facing the "King of Terrors" : death and society in an American community, 1750-1990, Robert V. Wells

Facing the "King of Terrors" : death and society in an American community, 1750-1990, Robert V. Wells

Label
Facing the "King of Terrors" : death and society in an American community, 1750-1990
Title
Facing the "King of Terrors"
Title remainder
death and society in an American community, 1750-1990
Statement of responsibility
Robert V. Wells
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Facing the "King of Terrors" examines changes in the roles and perceptions of death in one American community, Schenectady, New York, from 1750 to 1990. A remarkably thorough study, this work incorporates a wide variety of topics, including causes of death, epidemics and the reactions they engendered, rituals surrounding dying and burial, cemeteries and grave markers, public celebrations of the deaths of important figures, reactions to war, and businesses that profited from death. Combining an in-depth look at patterns of death in society as a whole with an investigation of personal responses to such cultural customs, the book makes use of personal letters and diaries to explore how broader social changes were manifested in the lives of individuals."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 306.90974744
  • 306.9/09747/44
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1073.U62
LC item number
S348 2000
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Facing the "King of Terrors" : death and society in an American community, 1750-1990, Robert V. Wells
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
1. Meeting the "King of Terrors" -- 2. Death in the Colonial Village -- 3. "Thy Death": 1800-1850 -- 4. To Speak of Death: Culture and the Individual -- 5. The Era of the Civil War: 1850-1870 -- 6. "But the Weaver Knows the Threads": Perspectives on the Civil War -- 7. Great Transitions: 1870-1950 -- 8. To Speak of Death: Searching for a New Vocabulary -- 9. "A Vicarious Intimacy with Death": 1950 to the Present -- App. Life Expectancies in Schenectady, ca. 1880-1930
Control code
000014606926
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 301 p.
Isbn
9780521633192
Lccn
99021118
Other physical details
ill., maps, ports.
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.b19057234
System control number
  • 14606926ls
  • (OCoLC)40940058

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