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Life in the Midst of Death: Mourning in 19th Century America

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In the nineteenth-century, death was an ever present companion. High infant mortality & risk in childbirth, disease & warfare were daily reminders of the impermanence of life and the inevitability of death. The Victorian era both in Europe & America saw the rituals of mourning rise above the practical use of providing closure for those left behind. Mourning became an art form through which is not only grief, but also religious feeling, social obligation, and even fashion could be expressed. This program explores how Victorian America viewed death and dying, describing the cultural and social changes that occurred as a result of the historical events of their time.

Presented by Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins

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