Suffering in Victorian America

in War Stories

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780226108629
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226108643 | DOI:
Suffering in Victorian America

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This chapter examines wartime suffering in Victorian America. It describes how individuals responded to abundant sufferings in class-specific ways. It suggests that while class differences divided Northerners in terms of the extent of their suffering and responses to bereavement, powerful assumptions about pain and suffering also cut across and blurred class lines. This chapter also explores the impact of the Enlightenment and the broad liberalization of Protestantism on the way Americans conceived suffering.

Keywords: wartime suffering; Victoria America; class differences; bereavement; pain; Enlightenment; Protestantism

Chapter.  8657 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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