The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds

By Marilyn Yalom

A sweeping background of the United States as visible via its gravestones, graveyards, and burial practices, stunningly illustrated with 80 black-and-white photographs

Cemeteries and burial grounds, as illuminated through an acclaimed cultural historian, are detailed home windows onto our spiritual, ethnic, and deeply human historical past as Americans.
The devoted mother-son workforce of Marilyn and Reid Yalom visited hundreds of thousands of cemeteries to create the yankee Resting position, following a coast-to-coast trajectory that mirrors the massive old development of yankee migration.
Yalom’s incisive, frequently poignant exploration of headstone inscriptions show altering rules approximately dying and private identification, and exhibit how category and gender play out in stone. wealthy details contain the tale of 1 seventeenth-century Bostonian who gathered 1000 pairs of gloves in his funeral-going lifetime, the original burial rites and funerary symbols present in today’s local American cultures, and a “lost” Czech neighborhood introduced uncannily to lifestyles in Chicago’s Bohemian nationwide Columbarium.

From attention-grabbing previous to startling future--DVDs embedded in tombstones, "green" burials, and “the new aesthetic of death”--The American Resting position is the definitive background of the yank cemetery.

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Born in Canada round 1822, Ellen got here to California through Texas, the place she had realized the brothel exchange. In Coloma, she rented a home with seven bedrooms, named it the Lone celebrity of Texas, and supplied employment for 5 women plus a bartender and a prepare dinner. In time, her position grew to become the main stylish bawdyhouse within the vital mining zone. In 1852 and 1853, whilst Coloma skilled severe epidemics of cholera and smallpox, Ellen was once exemplary in her care of the ill and death. whereas she herself didn't succumb to those ailments, her existence was once reduce brief through a wildly jealous guy named York; he aimed his gun at a guy she used to be dancing with yet killed her in its place. York fled and was once by no means captured. even though it was once no longer general to bury prostitutes in consecrated floor, an exception used to be made for Ellen Wilson. She used to be given a Christian funeral and laid to leisure in an unmarked grave. A extra standard demise for a girl used to be skilled by means of: HANNAH SEATER spouse OF Thomas Seater Of Adam Co. , in poor health Who died Feb. eleven, 1852 Æ 32 ys. Hannah Seater died in childbirth with her stillborn son, who was once buried together with her. a couple of "Negro" citizens of Coloma, introduced there as slaves, have been additionally buried within the Protestant cemetery. Rufus Morgan Burgess got here through wagon educate along with his mom and dad and their vendors in 1849. Granted their freedom upon arrival, the Burgesses have been in a position to buy land close to the gold discovery web site, the place they built a ecocnomic orchard. Rufus Burgess additionally opened a blacksmith store. Married two times, he used to be laid to relaxation in 1900 on the age of seventy-three with either better halves at his aspect. equally, the family members of Nancy and Peter Gooch have been delivered to Coloma as slaves. It was once 1850 and California had simply attained statehood. considering that California had entered into the Union as a country that didn't enable slavery, the Gooches have been freed after which capable of paintings independently. From the wages she earned as a prepare dinner, laundress, and seamstress for the miners, Nancy Gooch controlled to shop for the liberty of her in simple terms son, Andrew Monroe, and his spouse, who have been citizens of Missouri. In 1870, the Monroes and their sons got here to Coloma and have become winning fruit growers. finally they received huge landholdings, together with the mill web site the place James Marshall had first stumbled on gold. And James Marshall, what had develop into of him? Marshall by no means made any cash from his world-famous discovery, other than by means of autographing playing cards for twenty-five cents each one. He died in 1885, sour and impoverished. mockingly, Andrew Monroe, former slave and next proprietor of the distinguished mill web site, dug Marshall's grave. Marshall now lies lower than the monument erected in his honor at the hill dealing with the spot the place he first came across a gold nugget. The St. John's Catholic Cemetery The St. John's Catholic Cemetery, based at the side of the Coloma Catholic Church in 1856, is way smaller than the Protestant cemetery, as one could count on. Fewer than twenty tombstones stay from the multiple hundred burials anticipated in the cemetery grounds.

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