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Death and Dying in the Working Class, 1865-1920

Michael K. Rosenow


The post-Civil War Industrial Age brought fundamental changes to the economy and its workers, forcing Americans to reassess the meaning of life and death. This illuminating study of working-class rituals of dying and the politics of death explores how Americans struggled to understand the broader forces transforming their worlds. The book investigates working people's beliefs, rituals of death and dying, and the politics of death by honing in on three overarching questions: How did workers, their families, and their communities experience death? Did various identities of class, race, gender, a ... More

Keywords: working people, dying, death, death rituals, cultural transmission, class, race, gender, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039133
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael K. Rosenow, author
University of Central Arkansas