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Author Harra, Todd, author.

Title Last rites : the evolution of the American funeral / Todd Harra.

Publication Info. Boulder, Colorado : Sounds True, 2022.
Location Call No. Status
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  393.93 HAR    AVAILABLE
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Description vii, 277 pages ; 24 cm
Contents A seismic shift: Lincoln and the new sanitary science -- The book of the dead -- Lethal combat and other Roman obsequies -- The bloody barber-surgeons: embalming emerges from the dark ages -- Mourning gloves and liquor: early American burial practices -- Embalming surgeons -- gone to their sleep: Victorian sensibilities -- Resurrectionists: advent of the burial vault -- Vessels of the dead: coffins, caskets, and the hysteria surrounding grave alarms -- The temple of honor: vehicles of the dead -- Mourning the great war -- Flame burial -- Mushroom suits and the future (of funeral service).
Summary "A fascinating and oft-surprising exploration of the history and meaning of funeral rituals"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Funeral rites and ceremonies -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9781683648055 (Hardcover)
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