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Digging Up the Dead: A History of Notable American Reburials

Michael Kammen

Abstract

This book reveals a treasure trove of fascinating, surprising, and occasionally gruesome stories of exhumation and reburial throughout American history. Taking us to the contested grave sites of such figures as Sitting Bull, John Paul Jones, Frank Lloyd Wright, Daniel Boone, Jefferson Davis, and even Abraham Lincoln, the book explores how complicated interactions of regional pride, shifting reputations, and evolving burial practices led to public and often emotional battles over the final resting places of famous figures. Grave-robbing, skull-fondling, cases of mistaken identity, and the finan ... More

Keywords: exhumation, reburial, Sitting Bull, Abraham Lincoln, burial practices, grave-robbing, cemetery tourism, reputations, mistaken identity, skull-fondling

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226423296
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226423326.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Kammen, author