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Facing the 'King of Terrors': Death and Society in an American Community, 1750-1990 Paperback – March 20, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521025095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521025096
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,478,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Wells's narrative is rich in particulars." Lingua Franca

"Facing the 'King of Terrors' is exemplary social history." James J. Farrell, The Journal of American History

"Well's work provides excellent insight into demography, public observances, and the role of the media, particulary during the transition of the nineteenth century." Elizabeth E. Dunn, The Historian

"Well's historical judgements and insights are generally relevant and penetrating, and his multivariate and data-rich presentation give Facing the 'King of Terrors' scope, diversity, comprehensiveness, and relevance beyond its geographical and historical boundaries." Jrnl of Interdisciplinary History

"it is an engaging, richly detailed local history, and, by the end of this work, the reader id thoroughly acquainted with life in Schenectady, New York-the American community mentioned in the book's subtitle...His discussion is quite suggestive and anticipates many areas of research that are ripe for historians to pursue." American Historial Review Dec 2001

Book Description

Death, a topic often neglected by historians, is in this book given the attention it deserves as one of the most important aspects of personal and societal experience. Facing the "King of Terrors" examines changes in the roles and perceptions of death in one American community, Schenectady, New York, from 1750 to 1990, combining an in-depth look at patterns of death in society as a whole with an investigation of personal responses to such cultural customs.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda M. Smith on October 23, 2007
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I was so glad to see entries in this book from letters my ancestors wrote. It is amazing to see life as it was through their lives rather with the rosy lens I look through while researching them.
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