Book of the Month

“This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War” by Drew Gilpin Faust


This Republic of Suffering is an illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War. Faust explores the impact of the Civil War’s enormous death toll from every angle: material, political, intellectual, and spiritual. She details the logistical challenges of preserving, identifying, and burying the dead, and describes the ways death changed not only individual lives, but the nation as a whole and its understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship. She explores how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God in this profoundly moving and informative book.

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