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ISBN: 0674036212
Author: Suzanne E. Smith
Language: English
Publisher: Belknap Press (February 25, 2010)
Pages: 288
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.1
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Includes bibliographical references and index

Includes bibliographical references and index. Prologue: an undertaker like him - From hus harbors to funeral parlors - The colored embalmer - My man's an undertaker - A funeral hall is as good a place as any - The African American way of death - Epilogue: she has gone home. From antebellum slavery to the twenty-first century, African American funeral directors have orchestrated funerals or "home-going" ceremonies with dignity and pageantry.

The first national convention for funeral directors was held in Rochester, New York in 1882 after Alan Durfee, a Michigan funeral director planned a. .To serve the living : funeral directors and the African American way of death. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

The first national convention for funeral directors was held in Rochester, New York in 1882 after Alan Durfee, a Michigan funeral director planned a successful statewide convention The industry underwent changes as the public responded to Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death in 1963.

From antebellum slavery to the twenty-first century, African American funeral directors have orchestrated funerals or homegoing ceremonies with dignity and pageantry. As entrepreneurs in a largely segregated trade, they were among the few black individ.

To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010). Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit (Harvard University Press, 1999)

To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2010). Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit (Harvard University Press, 1999). To Serve the Living: The Public and Civic Identity of African-American Funeral Directors in Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy, and Community in the United States

Illustrations, notes, index. ISBN: 978-0-674-03621-5. Stringing Together a Nation: Cândido Mariano da Silva Rondon and the Construction of a Modern Brazil, 1906-1930. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.

Illustrations, notes, index. To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death. Harvard University Press, 2010. viii + 257 pp. Illustrations, notes, index. Volume 85 Issue 2 - Susannah Walker.

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To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death with Suzanne E. Smith. Suzanne E. Smith is Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Her first book, Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit (2000), examines Motown and its relationship to the black community of Detroit and the civil rights movement. It was awarded third in the eleventh annual Gleason Music Book Awards, sponsored by NYU, Rolling Stone, and BMI.

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From antebellum slavery to the twenty-first century, African American funeral directors have orchestrated funerals or.

From antebellum slavery to the twenty-first century, African American funeral directors have orchestrated funerals or homegoing ceremonies with dignity an.

Karla Holloway writes about a central and little-explored American phenomenon with a wide and patient breadth of knowledge and a.

Karla Holloway writes about a central and little-explored American phenomenon with a wide and patient breadth of knowledge and a startlingly profound personal depth. It feels like a book as durable as a well-shaped stone-as reliable, useful and finally consoling, however hard to bear. Passed On explores a century's worth of experience with black death and dying. My travels have traced the story this book tells. I have wandered through exhibits in a museum of the funeral industry.

From antebellum slavery to the twenty-first century, African American funeral directors have orchestrated funerals or “homegoing” ceremonies with dignity and pageantry. As entrepreneurs in a largely segregated trade, they were among the few black individuals in any community who were economically independent and not beholden to the local white power structure. Most important, their financial freedom gave them the ability to support the struggle for civil rights and, indeed, to serve the living as well as bury the dead.

During the Jim Crow era, black funeral directors relied on racial segregation to secure their foothold in America’s capitalist marketplace. With the dawning of the civil rights age, these entrepreneurs were drawn into the movement to integrate American society, but were also uncertain how racial integration would affect their business success. From the beginning, this tension between personal gain and community service shaped the history of African American funeral directing.

For African Americans, death was never simply the end of life, and funerals were not just places to mourn. In the “hush harbors” of the slave quarters, African Americans first used funerals to bury their dead and to plan a path to freedom. Similarly, throughout the long―and often violent―struggle for racial equality in the twentieth century, funeral directors aided the cause by honoring the dead while supporting the living. To Serve the Living offers a fascinating history of how African American funeral directors have been integral to the fight for freedom.

Comments:

Geny
A Great American History Lesson
Five stars! A lot of African American history that needs to be shared with America!
Cemav
Great service. Highly recommended.
Daron
This was a pretty good book and is able to be read fairly quickly. But it really wasn't what I thought it would be. The title I think is misleading. I suppose it depends on how you look at it. Perhaps it is correct. I am a white man and I did not realize that funeral directors played such an important role in the fabric of black culture and politics. I do now. I know funerals have always been important and done well with black people. That funeral directors and funeral homes were involved in how blacks have progressed in America is what I learned with this book. Being a baby boomer and not from the South, I did not realize how serious prejudice was. I see now that funeral directors were important to black culture in America and that they really respected and revered their undertakers, which no other segment of American society really does. Different cultures and ethnicities have customs and traditions but do not necessarily revere the role of the undertaker. They are just served by them. Black undertakers understand the role they play in burying their community and they adhere to it and keep it timely and out in front which is very admirable. I have always been impressed with black funeral traditions. I was just hoping this book delved into that aspect more than the political aspect of it all.

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