Drew Gilpin Faust. This Republic of Suffering. New York, NY: Knopf, January 8th, 2008. 368 pp.
This books look on the subject of death during the American Civil War. The author made the point that the business of dying and also taking of life is work. From this point the writer explores the cultural, social and spiritual aspect of death during the war and also how the war changed people’s perceptions about death, life and spirituality.
I found the book insightful with how the author described the pre-war Victorian era assumption of the good death that involves dying at home among family members. The author also noted that this scenery of the good death was not only important for the person dying but also for the surviving family members and friends who were present since they could evaluate the destiny of the person’s eternity from how a person dies. …
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