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By Craig Thompson Friend, Lorri Glover

This wealthy number of unique essays illuminates the factors and results of the South's defining stories with loss of life. utilizing a variety of views, whereas targeting discrete episodes within the region's prior, the authors discover issues from the 17th century to the current, from the demise traps that emerged in the course of colonization to the bloody backlash opposed to emancipation and civil rights to contemporary canny efforts to commemorate - and capitalize on - the region's lethal earlier. a few authors trap their topics within the so much intimate of moments: killing and demise, 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 advised Southern tales exhibit profound truths in regards to the previous of a area marked through dying and not able, might be unwilling, to flee the ghosts of its background.

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On the problems with traditional sources for studying the history of death, see Ralph A. Houlbrooke, Death, Religion, and the Family in England, 1480–1750 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998), 4. The Usable Death 39 encounter was freighted with a history of family rivalries, religious disputes, personal hatreds, competing loyalties, outstanding debts, and interlocking social and political agendas. In such a highly charged context, nearly every aspect of death was contested, first at the deathbed, then at the more public funeral service, and finally in the shaping of the death narrative.

Still, Quash’s fate most certainly angered some slaves and turned them into potential rebels who would find a forum in which to express their anger five years later. In September 1739, the Stono Rebellion convulsed the South Carolina Lowcounty. More than eighty slaves rebelled against the plantation system, killing some 27 28 25 Edward III, stat. 5, cap. 2, quoted in Frances E. Dolan, “The Subordinate(’s) Plot: Petty Treason and Forms of Domestic Rebellion,” Shakespeare Quarterly 42 (autumn 1992): 317.

Rooted in the Latin manus, which means “hand,” the words evidenced new ways in which Europeans understood the relationship of information to power. As organs of performance and perception, the hands communicated and built patriarchal empire – and the hands of Others threatened to destroy those efforts. Scalpings held particular political symbolism for Europeans, then, drawing on the head as metaphor for authority and the hands as metaphor for action. 22 Moreover, Europeans’ new obsession with hair contributed to the power of the metaphor.

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