Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials

Digging Up the Dead A History of Notable American Reburials With Digging Up the Dead Pulitzer Prize winning historian Michael Kammen reveals a treasure trove of fascinating surprising and occasionally gruesome stories of exhumation and reburial throughout A
  • Title: Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials
  • Author: Michael Kammen
  • ISBN: 9780226423296
  • Page: 182
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With Digging Up the Dead, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Michael Kammen reveals a treasure trove of fascinating, surprising, and occasionally gruesome stories of exhumation and reburial throughout American history Taking us to the contested grave sites of such figures as Sitting Bull, John Paul Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Boone, Jefferson Davis, and even Abraham LWith Digging Up the Dead, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Michael Kammen reveals a treasure trove of fascinating, surprising, and occasionally gruesome stories of exhumation and reburial throughout American history Taking us to the contested grave sites of such figures as Sitting Bull, John Paul Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Boone, Jefferson Davis, and even Abraham Lincoln, Kammen explores how complicated interactions of regional pride, shifting reputations, and evolving burial practices led to public and often emotional battles over the final resting places of famous figures Grave robbing, skull fondling, cases of mistaken identity, and the financial lures of cemetery tourism all come into play as Kammen delves deeply into this little known yet surprisingly persistent aspect of American history Simultaneously insightful and interesting, masterly and macabre, Digging Up the Dead reminds us that the stories of American history don t always end when the key players pass on Rather, the battle over reputations, interpretations, and, last but far from least, possession of the remains themselves is often just beginning.
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    2 thoughts on “Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials

    1. Michael Gedaliah Kammen was a professor of American cultural history at Cornell University He won the Pulitzer Prize History, 1973 for his book, People of Paradox An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization.

    2. I only read 35 pages and found it to be incredibly boring I may return to it in the future, but probably not It does have a very nice index though.

    3. I wanted to like this book, in fact I expected to like this book I mean, who wouldn t want to hear bizarre stories of people being dug up and reburied for various reasons I love sort of weird history books, and this one definitely fit that category And the actual stories of reburial were brilliant that of John Trumbull, who was reburied not once, but twice making total burials 3 , and his wife who was reburied once than he, was quite interesting Most of the stories were.For me, however, the for [...]

    4. This book is really hard to appreciate Although the research is well done and the stories are entertaining, the book as a whole is not that interesting I feel like this is a version of Lives of the Rich and Famous , only with dead people I will quite often use these kinds of books as springboards for in depth knowledge, but I am at a loss on this one Too bad it didn t go into any detail on everyday people as there really is quite a lot of information available in the Western region about the Sp [...]

    5. Honestly, a lot less interesting than you would expect, given that it involves digging up graves Most of this is Kammen s retelling of the stories of a host of American reburials, without much analysis, or even any of the nasty bits In other words, a quick read, but a bit dull.

    6. I saw this book at the library and was intrigued by the title so I picked it up It is a series of short stories about various reburials in the U.S mostly, but some also from other places The author chose to organize the events by the reasons for exumation and reburial These driving forces include honor, reputation, sectionalism, or nationalism, tourism, wishes of the deceased, religion and problematic graves I enjoyed it all It includes stories of bodies as diverse as Revolutionary and other war [...]

    7. Great fun read, lots of little facts.Reburials as a political statement, rather than for family or caring.Who gets to keep the old bones, create a statue or obelisk that becomes a tourist attraction

    8. This book was a fun read for me It s full of trivial tales of re burials of the famous, stolen bodies, boiled bones and other fun facts Mad Anthony Wayne s story was intriquing.

    9. This was interesting lots of short accounts of burials, reburials, exhumations, and problems with identifying graves and remains I thought it was interesting, but nothing really amazing Then the last paragraph of the book really got me Given that long historical context and comparative framework, I believe we are now better suited to comprehend many of the apparent differences between Old and New World experiences with the politics of reburial While similarities are not unexpected, the differenc [...]

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