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Death and the American South: an introduction Craig Thompson Friend and Lorri Glover; 1. Mutilated bodies, living specters: scalpings and beheadings in the early South Craig Thompson Friend; 2. The usable death: evangelicals, Anglicans, and the politics of dying in the late colonial low country Peter N. Moore; 3. When 'history becomes fable instead of fact': the deaths and resurrections of Virginia's leading revolutionaries Lorri Glover; 4. American mourning: catastrophe, public grief, and the making of civic identity in the early national South Jewel L. Spangler; 5. To claim one's own: death and the body in the daily politics of antebellum slavery Jamie Warren; 6. Nativists and strangers: yellow fever and immigrant mortality in antebellum Charleston, South Carolina Jeff Strickland; 7. 'Cumberer of the earth': suffering and suicide among the faithful in the Civil War South Diane Miller Sommerville; 8. The 'translation' of Lundy Harris: interpreting death out of the confusion of sexuality, violence, and religion in the New South Donald G. Mathews; 9. 'He's only away': condolence literature and the emergence of a modern South Kristine M. McCusker; 10. 'A monument to Judge Lynch': racial violence, symbolic death, and black resistance in Jim Crow Mississippi Jason Morgan Ward; 11. Reframing the Indian dead: removal-era Cherokee graves and the changing landscape of Southern memory Andrew Denson.

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This rich collection of original essays illuminates the causes and consequences of the South's defining experiences with death.

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Craig Thompson Friend is Professor of History and Director of Public History at North Carolina State University. Lorri Glover is the John Francis Bannon Endowed Chair in the Department of History at St Louis University, Missouri.

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'Death has always held high revel in the South, where malaria, Indian wars, the brutality of slavery, national defeat and a host of gray ghosts paved the way for today's high rates of gun ownership, obesity, diabetes, and capital punishment. The authors of these excellent essays cannot exorcise these Southern haunts, but they do explore with dark beauty how Southerners have made meaning in the teeth of often meaningless (and self-inflicted) pain. This is another five-star collection from the team of Friend and Glover.' Stephen Berry, Gregory Chair in the Civil War Era, University of Georgia
'Death and the American South is a tenacious study - comprehensive, intuitive, and most importantly, provocative. Tightly argued chapters cover a wide array of phenomena, from experiences of collective sorrow and racial violence to issues of psychological control. The contributors interrogate historic memory in powerful ways. This is a highly absorbing book.' Andrew Burstein, Charles P. Manship Professor of History, Louisiana State University
'Scholars have long awaited a volume like Death and the American South. While remaining attentive to the universal aspects of deathways, this impressive collection makes a strong case that the South had - and has - a distinctive culture of death. The result is a powerful, coherent collection of original essays.' Erik R. Seeman, State University of New York, Buffalo
'Craig Thompson Friend's essay on scalping, Lorri Glover's study of founding father deaths, and Andrew Denson's reflection on the battle over Cherokee graves all show the region and one essential experience of life in new ways. For any student of Southern history this collection makes a valuable companion to the scholarship of Randy Sparks, Drew Gilpin Faust, Philip Dray, and others.' R. Blakeslee Gilpin, The Journal of American History
'... the eleven chapters that comprise Death and the American South are replete with intellectually stimulating and thorough research about everything from the specific ways by which colonists killed each other and displayed bodies in the early South to the conflicting strategies that the tourist trade has adopted to exploit the deaths of Native Americans. There are no weak links ... The great strength of the collection is that each chapter contextualizes death in its own way.' Ted Ownby, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Death has always held high revel in the South, where malaria, Indian wars, the brutality of slavery, national defeat and a host of gray ghosts paved the way for today's high rates of gun ownership, obesity, diabetes, and capital punishment. The authors of these excellent essays cannot exorcise these Southern haunts, but they do explore with dark beauty how Southerners have made meaning in the teeth of often meaningless (and self-inflicted) pain. This is another five-star collection from the team of Friend and Glover." Stephen Berry, Gregory Chair in the Civil War Era, University of Georgia
"Death and the American South is a tenacious study - comprehensive, intuitive, and most importantly, provocative. Tightly argued chapters cover a wide array of phenomena, from experiences of collective sorrow and racial violence to issues of psychological control. The contributors interrogate historic memory in powerful ways. This is a highly absorbing book." Andrew Burstein, Charles P. Manship Professor of History, Louisiana State University
"Scholars have long awaited a volume like Death and the American South. While remaining attentive to the universal aspects of deathways, this impressive collection makes a strong case that the South had - and has - a distinctive culture of death. The result is a powerful, coherent collection of original essays." Erik R. Seeman, State University of New York, Buffalo
"Craig Thompson Friend's essay on scalping, Lorri Glover's study of founding father deaths, and Andrew Denson's reflection on the battle over Cherokee graves all show the region and one essential experience of life in new ways. For any student of southern history this collection makes a valuable companion to the scholarship of Randy Sparks, Drew Gilpin Faust, Philip Dray, and others." R. Blakeslee Gilpin, The Journal of American History
"... the eleven chapters that comprise Death and the American South are replete with intellectually stimulating and thorough research about everything from the specific ways by which colonists killed each other and displayed bodies in the early South to the conflicting strategies that the tourist trade has adopted to exploit the deaths of Native Americans. There are no weak links ... The great strength of the collection is that each chapter contextualizes death in its own way." Ted Ownby, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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