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The Sacred Remains: American Attitudes Toward Death, 1799-1883 [Hardcover]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.42" Width: 6.26" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   1.19 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 1996
Publisher   Yale University Press
ISBN  0300064322  
EAN  9780300064322  

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This absorbing book explores the changing attitudes toward death and the dead in nineteenth-century North American Protestant communities. Gary Laderman discusses the symbols, meanings, and practices associated with corpses, focuses on the transforming effect of the Civil War, and traces the subsequent birth of the funeral industry.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gary Laderman is a professor of American Religious History and Cultures at Emory University. He is the author of two books on death in America: "The Sacred Remains" and "Rest in Peace." Laderman is also the director and co-editor of the new online religion magazine, He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gary Laderman currently resides in the state of Georgia. Gary Laderman was born in 1962 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Emory University.

Gary Laderman has published or released items in the following series...
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Insomniacs take note-This book WILL put you to sleep  Feb 27, 2007
I suspect that somewhere out there a college-level course is given to all would-be college professors,a course in the fine art of lecturing with the aim of putting all but the most strong-willed student to sleep..Likewise,I suspect that there is a further course,for these same would-be college professors on how to write the most sleep-inducing texts possible..Surely if there are such courses given,Professor Gary Laderman MUST have excelled at the latter one,inasmuchas as his book"The Sacred Remains"stands as one of the most dry,boring,waste-of-time reads that I have ever encountered...
The subject matter,"American attitudes toward death-1799-1883",while not exactly everyone's cup of tea,has nonetheless been dealt with better by a whole raft of earlier authors,writers who,unlike Laderman,have the reader in mind.."Popular"histories,on almost any subject,are usually frowned upon by the college-professor type of author..I don't know why this is,especially as it seems hard enough these days to get anyone to read anything beyond trashy novels,self-help books and get-rich-quick tomes..Making the material of one's book "live",making it interesting and easy to follow are the keys to succeeding at this task..One would think that a"teacher"might reasonably be expected to be able to do so,but,somehow,most such works fail...They are about as interesting to read as the telephone directory,and about as well written..
Laderman takes the subject of death and dying and submerges it in dry,boring text passages,often accentuated by unnecessary,three-dollar words..While he does scatter a selection of firsthand accounts about then-prevailing attitudes towards the beloved dead,or the funeral practices of the time,Laderman quickly swamps these often poingnant passages with his own overly-wordy,soperific text,thus deadening the whole effect,and leaving the reader on the point of sleep...
Used as a textbook in some colleges,Laderman's tome represents what is wrong with such works on all levels;They are VERY BADLY WRITTEN,they take often interesting data and bury it in an avalanche of boring text,and are written by people who have no talent for the task...
The old adage states;"Those who can,DO,and those who can't,TEACH"..Laderman's book is a prime example of the truth of this statement

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