By Stephen Prothero

ISBN-10: 0520208161

ISBN-13: 9780520208162

ISBN-10: 0520236882

ISBN-13: 9780520236882

only one hundred years in the past, americans virtually universally condemned cremation. at the present time, approximately one-quarter of usa citizens decide to be cremated. The perform has received large attractiveness as a funeral ceremony, in either our inner most and public lives, because the cremations of icons similar to John Lennon and John F. Kennedy Jr. convey. Purified via Fire tells the attention-grabbing tale of cremation's upward push from notoriety to legitimacy and takes a provocative new examine very important variations within the American cultural panorama over the past one hundred fifty years.

Stephen Prothero synthesizes a wide range of formerly untapped resource fabric, together with newspapers, client publications, mortician alternate journals, and renowned magazines resembling Reader's Digest to supply this primary old research of cremation within the usa. He vividly describes many noteworthy events—from the much-criticized first American cremation in 1876 to the loss of life and cremation of Jerry Garcia within the past due 20th century. From the Gilded Age to the revolutionary period to the infant boomers of this present day, this e-book takes us on a travel via American tradition and strains our altering attitudes towards loss of life, faith, public healthiness, the physique, and the environment.

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Only one hundred years in the past, american citizens virtually universally condemned cremation. this day, approximately one-quarter of usa citizens decide to be cremated. The perform has received vast reputation as a funeral ceremony, in either our inner most and public lives, because the cremations of icons corresponding to John Lennon and John F. Kennedy Jr.

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