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.
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Charlie Rose – Drew Gilpin Faust
Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University
Drew Faust at Harvard Commencement 2010
President Drew Faust’s 2010 Commencement speech, introducing David Souter. (part 1 of 2)
Drew Faust at Harvard Commencement 2010 (part 2)