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Author Sommerville, Diane Miller,
Title Aberration of mind : suicide and suffering in the Civil War-era South / Diane Miller Sommerville.
Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2018]

Author Sommerville, Diane Miller,
Subject Suicide -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Suicide -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Suicide -- history.
History, 19th Century.
American Civil War.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Psychological aspects.
Southern States -- Social conditions -- History -- 19th century.
Southeastern United States.
Add Title Suicide and suffering in the Civil War-era South
Description xiv, 429 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-416) and index.
Contents A burden too heavy to bear: war trauma, suicide, and Confederate soldiers -- A dark doom to dread: women, suicide, and suffering on the Confederate homefront -- De lan' of sweet dreams: suffering and suicide among the enslaved -- Somethin' went hard agin her mind: suffering, suicide, and emancipation -- The accursed ills I cannot bear: Confederate veterans, suicide, and suffering in the defeated South -- The distressed state of the country: Confederate men and the navigation of economic, political, and emotional ruin in the postwar South -- All is dark before me: Confederate women and the postwar landscape of suffering and suicide -- Cumberer of the earth: the secularization of suffering and suicide.
Summary This book studies the meaning of suicide in the nineteenth-century South and how that meaning changed, if at all, as a result of the Civil War and its aftermath. It looks at the whole South while providing a more thorough examination than previous books of the dynamics of both the racial and gendered dimensions of suicide in the South during the long Civil War Era.
ISBN 9781469643564 hardcover ; alkaline paper
1469643561 hardcover ; alkaline paper
9781469643304 paperback ; alkaline paper
1469643308 paperback ; alkaline paper
9781469643571 electronic book
146964357X electronic book
OCLC # 1029087433

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