Cover/Title Page/Copyright

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Contents

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pp. 5-6

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 7-9

Special thanks to Professor Betty Houchin Winfield of the University of Missouri School of Journalism for her invaluable guidance. Thanks also to MU Professors John Merrill, Lee Wilkins, Robert Collins, and Steven Watts and Kansas State University Professor Paul Parsons for their expertise and support. ...

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A Record for Public Memory

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pp. 10-25

When fifty-year-old Virginian William P. Custis died "after a long and wasting illness" in 1838, readers of the Daily National Intelligencer learned about his generous hospitality, his sterling business principles, and his kindness as a neighbor and husband. ...

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The Egalitarian Life

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pp. 26-51

Andrew Jackson's 1828 election to the presidency represented a political and cultural turning point in American history.1 Though social trends associated with the Jacksonian era, especially Americans' concern with equality and reform, grew from changes in both industry and government, they were personified in the new president. ...

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Death in the Civil War Era

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pp. 52-91

The Civil War was the most dramatic event of the nineteenth century and arguably remains one of the most important cultural and political influences in American history. America emerged from the war not merely as a confederation of states but as a nation with a strong central government, well entrenched in the industrial era. ...

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A New Century

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pp. 92-127

As the United States moved from the nineteenth century to the twentieth, the nation's social structures shifted, affecting the lives and the character of citizens. By the end of the 1920s Americans had changed spiritually, culturally, economically, and politically.1 ...

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The Forgotten Dead

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pp. 128-147

If Aristotle had been an obituary writer, he likely would have written about the deceased's strongest virtues and forgotten his or her occasional moral transgressions. Aristotle wrote of the constancy of virtues, that they do not follow changes of fortune but should be accessories of a person's life as a whole. ...

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"In the Midst of Life"

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pp. 148-164

The Daily National Intelligencer's obituary for William Custis, the JL "noble, independent and honest" Virginia businessman who died in 1838, served multiple purposes. It informed newspaper readers of Custis's death, recalled what was deemed worthy about his life, and served as a model ...

Notes

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pp. 165-183

Bibliography

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pp. 184-190

Index

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pp. 191-198