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1. Meeting the 'King of Terrors' 2. Death in the colonial village 3. Thy death: 1800-1850 4. To speak of death: culture and the individual 5. The era of the Civil War 6. 'But the weaver knows the threads': perspectives on the Civil War 7. The great transition: 1870-1950 8. To speak of death: searching for a new vocabulary 9. A vicarious intimacy with death: 1950 to the present.