New PDF release: Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America

By Stephen Prothero

ISBN-10: 0520208161

ISBN-13: 9780520208162

ISBN-10: 0520236882

ISBN-13: 9780520236882

only one hundred years in the past, american citizens nearly universally condemned cremation. this day, approximately one-quarter of usa citizens decide to be cremated. The perform has received extensive reputation as a funeral ceremony, in either our deepest and public lives, because the cremations of icons comparable to John Lennon and John F. Kennedy Jr. convey. Purified via Fire tells the attention-grabbing tale of cremation's upward push from notoriety to legitimacy and takes a provocative new examine very important changes within the American cultural panorama during the last a hundred and fifty years.

Stephen Prothero synthesizes a wide range of formerly untapped resource fabric, together with newspapers, buyer courses, mortician alternate journals, and renowned magazines corresponding to Reader's Digest to supply this primary old research of cremation within the usa. He vividly describes many noteworthy events—from the much-criticized first American cremation in 1876 to the demise and cremation of Jerry Garcia within the past due 20th century. From the Gilded Age to the revolutionary period to the infant boomers of this present day, this ebook takes us on a journey via American tradition and strains our altering attitudes towards dying, faith, public overall healthiness, the physique, and the environment.

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