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Title:Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Stephen R. Prothero
Publisher:University of California Press
ISBN:0520236882
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:280
Category:History, Death, Non fiction

Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America by Stephen R. Prothero

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Purified by Fire: A History of Cremation in America Just one hundred years ago Americans almost universally condemned cremation Today nearly one quarter of Americans choose to be cremated The practice has gained wide acceptance as a funeral rite in both our private and public lives as the cremations of icons such as John Lennon and John F Kennedy Jr show i Purified by Fire i tells the fascinating story of cremation s rise from notoriety to legitimacy and takes a provocative new look at important transformations in the American cultural landscape over the last years .

Stephen Prothero synthesizes a wide array of previously untapped source material including newspapers consumer guides mortician trade journals and popular magazines such as i Reader s Digest i to provide this first historical study of cremation in the United States He vividly describes many noteworthy events from the much criticized first American cremation in to the death and cremation of Jerry Garcia in the late twentieth century From the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era to the baby boomers of today this book takes us on a tour through American culture and traces our changing attitudes toward death religion public health the body and the environment

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