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Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Gary Laderman

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Though it has often been passionately criticized—as fraudulent, exploitative, even pagan—the American funeral home has become nearly as inevitable as death itself, an institution firmly embedded in ... More


From House Calls to Funeral Homes: Changing Relations between the Living and the Dead

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

By the start of the 20th century, the relationship between the living and the dead in the United States had begun to change dramatically. In many ways, the intimacy that had connected the physical ... More


Explaining the American Funeral, 1918–1963

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The funeral industry was generating billions of dollars for funeral directors, casket and vault manufacturers, cemetery owners, florists, embalming-chemical companies, and other burial-related ... More


Good Grief! Jessica Mitford Makes the New York Times Bestseller List

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

The year 1963 was not good for the public image of funeral directors in the United States. A half-century of public scrutiny, skewering, and scepticism did not prepare undertakers for the fallout of ... More


Keeping the Dead in Place: Old and New Patterns of Consumption

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Without question, Jessica Mitford's book The American Way of Death was a turning point in the history of American funerals, leading to heightened public awareness about the costs of disposal, the ... More


Final Frontiers: Into the Twenty-First Century

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

One of the most easily recognizable characters in American consciousness—the Grim Reaper—has recently been resurrected not by leaders in the church but through advertising. The figure of the Grim ... More


Epilogue: 9/11

Gary Laderman

in Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183559
eISBN:
9780199850198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183559.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

On September 11, 2001, terrorists made their fateful and fatal attack on the United States, using commercial airplanes as bombs to destroy New York City's Twin Towers. The days and weeks after these ... More


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