Digging Up the Dead : A History of Notable American Reburials (Hardcover)

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With Digging Up the Dead, Pulitzer Prize?winning historian Michael Kammen reveals a treasure trove of fascinating, surprising, and occasionally gruesome stories of exhumation and reburial throughout American history. Taking us to the contested grave sites of such figures as Sitting Bull, John Paul Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Boone, Jefferson Davis, and even Abraham Lincoln, Kammen explores how complicated interactions of regional pride, shifting reputations, and evolving burial practices led to public and often emotional battles over the final resting places of famous figures. Grave-robbing, skull-fondling, cases of mistaken identity, and the financial lures of cemetery tourism all come into play as Kammen delves deeply into this little-known?yet surprisingly persistent?aspect of American history.

 Simultaneously insightful and interesting, masterly and macabre, Digging Up the Dead reminds us that the stories of American history don?t always end when the key players pass on. Rather, the battle?over reputations, interpretations, and, last but far from least, possession of the remains themselves?is often just beginning.

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226423296
SKU 212642381
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0226423298
Release Date 5/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0272
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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