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Drew Gilpin Faust was the first female president of Harvard University. She is a historian, professor and author. Her book, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, is part of the Upton Bell Collection at UMass Lowell Libraries in O'Leary Library, 2nd Floor Special Collections and includes a personal inscription.
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Awards won by Drew Gilpin Faust
John W. Kluge Prize for Achievement in the Study of Humanity, Library of Congress, 2018
The Bancroft Prize, Columbia University, 2009, This Republic of Suffering
New-York Historical Society American History Book Prize, 2008, This Republic of Suffering
Francis Parkman Prize, The Society of American Historians, 1997, Mothers of Invention
This Republic of Suffering by
Call Number: E468.9 .F385 2008
Publication Date: 2009-01-06
More than 600,000 soldiers lost their lives in the American Civil War. An equivalent proportion of today's population would be six million. In This Republic of Suffering, Drew Gilpin Faust reveals the ways that death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, describing how the survivors managed on a practical level and how a deeply religious culture struggled to reconcile the unprecedented carnage with its belief in a benevolent God. Throughout, the voices of soldiers and their families, of statesmen, generals, preachers, poets, surgeons, nurses, northerners and southerners come together to give us a vivid understanding of the Civil War's most fundamental and widely shared reality.