Evanston Public Library's Reviews > This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust
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Jan 30, 2009

The U.S. Civil War altered the new nation’s sense of mortality, Faust believes, with nearly every family losing a loved one and nearly everyone coming to feel, in different ways, that national survival was at stake. Faust touches on other dualities as well, for example describing how the war humanized the “management” of military death, while introducing a level of carnage that foreshadowed wars to come. “The very purposelessness of sacrifice created its purpose,” she writes, in one of several passages that made me stop and think. (Jeff B., Reader's Services)


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