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To Serve the Living
by Suzanne E. Smith
Harvard University Press, 2010
Cloth: 978-0-674-03621-5 | eISBN: 978-0-674-05464-6
Library of Congress Classification GT3203.S75 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 363.7508996073

ABOUT THIS BOOK | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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