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Aberration of Mind – Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War-Era South - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Aberration of Mind: Suicide and Suffering in the Civil War-Era South

Diane Miller Sommerville


Aberration of Mind is a social history of suicide in the American South during the Civil War era. The book casts a wide net, focusing on Confederate soldiers and veterans and their families, and the enslaved and newly freed. The central question is, how did the Civil War and the suffering it generated shape suicidal thoughts and behavior? The author seeks to understand how the suffering experienced by southerners living in a war zone contributed to psychological distress that, in extreme cases, led southerners to contemplate or act on suicidal thoughts. The unprecedented human toll the war too ... More

Keywords: social history, American South, Civil War, suffering, suicide, enslaved, Confederate soldiers and veterans, war zone, southerners, psychological crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643304
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643304.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Diane Miller Sommerville, author
Binghamton University

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