By Lorri Glover
This wealthy number of unique essays illuminates the reasons and outcomes of the South's defining studies with dying. using a variety of views, whereas focusing on discrete episodes within the region's prior, the authors discover issues from the 17th century to the current, from the loss of life traps that emerged in the course of colonization to the bloody backlash opposed to emancipation and civil rights to fresh canny efforts to commemorate - and capitalize on - the region's lethal prior. a few authors seize their topics within the such a lot intimate of moments: killing and death, grieving and remembering, and believing and despairing. Others discover the intentional efforts of Southerners to publicly commemorate their losses via demise rituals and memorialization campaigns. jointly, those poignantly informed Southern tales exhibit profound truths in regards to the earlier of a quarter marked by way of loss of life and not able, might be unwilling, to flee the ghosts of its historical past.