The American Resting Place

The American Resting Place

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A sweeping history of America as seen through its gravestones, graveyards, and burial practices, stunningly illustrated with eighty black-and-white photographs Cemeteries and burial grounds, as illuminated by an acclaimed cultural historian, are unique windows onto our religious, ethnic, and deeply human history as Americans. The dedicated mother-son team of Marilyn and Reid Yalom visited hundreds of cemeteries to create The American Resting Place, following a coast-to-coast trajectory that mirrors the vast historical pattern of American migration. Yaloma€™s incisive, often poignant exploration of gravestone inscriptions reveal changing ideas about death and personal identity, and demonstrate how class and gender play out in stone. Rich particulars include the story of one seventeenth-century Bostonian who amassed a thousand pairs of gloves in his funeral-going lifetime, the unique burial rites and funerary symbols found in todaya€™s Native American cultures, and a a€œlosta€ Czech community brought uncannily to life in Chicagoa€™s Bohemian National Columbarium. From fascinating past to startling future--DVDs embedded in tombstones, qgreenq burials, and a€œthe new aesthetic of deatha€--The American Resting Place is the definitive history of the American cemetery.Today people choose cremation because (1) it is generally cheaper than burial, costing about half the price, (2) it ... and Washington were cremated, followed by more than 50 percent in Arizona, Alaska, Montana, Colorado, and California.

Title:The American Resting Place
Author:Marilyn Yalom
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2008-05-15


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