This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust

This book examines how the Civil War's unprecedented death toll changed American society, politics, and culture. It explores how the nation grappled with the sheer mass of the dead, the logistics of their burial and mourning, and the profound impact on religious beliefs and practices. It also discusses how the war shaped the nation's understanding of life insurance, pensions, and the role of the federal government in citizens' lives. The book argues that the Civil War transformed how Americans understand death and the value of a human life.

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Total Points: 117

Since this book was first published in 2008, there is a penalty of 54.4%. The age adjusted score is 53.35.

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