Historian Recounts Death Customs of Revolutionary War Era Americans

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Heard On University Of The Air

During the Revolutionary War, Americans faced death with various attitudes. In a time of duels, executions, and war, how did Americans cope with death and dying? What were the attitudes toward funerals, mourning, and inheritance and the trappings of death? What part did the family and religion play in the passing of life? Guest John Kaminski will take us back to the early days of the republic for a look at customs continued and forgotten.

Episode Credits

  • Norman Gilliland Host
  • Emily Auerbach Host
  • John Kaminski Guest