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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Duke University Press (Jan. 30 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822332450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822332459
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 345 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #691,255 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Quiet as it's kept, if the question "Who's got the body?" had been asked very early in the twentieth century, the answer could have been white folk. Read the first page
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As one who is employed in the death care industry I read the book hoping to learn about the liabilities that confronted African Americans both as bereaved families and as funeral providers. Of the 4 chapters the first and last really show, in my opinion, these problems whereas the second and third cover the reasons why these people die, be it race riots, lynchings, police problems, gang wars and so on. Although the stories depicted in those chapters are more than sad, they do not really address the crux of the book - the African American dealing with the after death. I was hoping for more information in that respect.
If nothing else the descriptions and reasons for the murders of these people is enough to make you wish this sort of thing could never happen again.
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By A Customer on Aug. 7 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book captures the reader and doesn't let go. The story of death and dying is itself fascinating...but the way in which she weaves the story of her son's death; the history of black funeral directors; and the incredible photos make this a must- read book.
All you want to know about death, dying, and burial...and all we must know about these African American traditions.
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This book has a very detailed description of the deathcare industry as it relates to African-Americans. Once you get past the emotional prologue that recounts the death of the author's son, you get a very engaging story of the funeral industry, the history of black deaths in the US, and the importance of community during times of bereavement. On the lighter side, there is discussion of "the show" associated with African-American funerals. The truth and insights in this discussion allowed me to relive my experience of going to rural southern funerals. It particularly reminded me of playing TAPS, hidden behind moss-covered oaks during funerals for veterans. The sermon in the final chapter is pure poetry--the kind I would want at my "final performance." Passed On should be read by anyone who has ever wondered about any aspect of the death industry or who has an interest in American history.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Death: the closing act March 13 2002
By "clydedrake" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has a very detailed description of the deathcare industry as it relates to African-Americans. Once you get past the emotional prologue that recounts the death of the author's son, you get a very engaging story of the funeral industry, the history of black deaths in the US, and the importance of community during times of bereavement. On the lighter side, there is discussion of "the show" associated with African-American funerals. The truth and insights in this discussion allowed me to relive my experience of going to rural southern funerals. It particularly reminded me of playing TAPS, hidden behind moss-covered oaks during funerals for veterans. The sermon in the final chapter is pure poetry--the kind I would want at my "final performance." Passed On should be read by anyone who has ever wondered about any aspect of the death industry or who has an interest in American history.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Absorbing, eloquent Aug. 7 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book captures the reader and doesn't let go. The story of death and dying is itself fascinating...but the way in which she weaves the story of her son's death; the history of black funeral directors; and the incredible photos make this a must- read book.
All you want to know about death, dying, and burial...and all we must know about these African American traditions.
Good reading June 15 2014
By So. Calif book reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Some of it was kind of political motivated but the majority was funeral history related and I found it a good read. I would love to find that Ebony magazine that had a section on black funerals from the 1950's. Very difficult to locate.
Insightful June 3 2014
By Gina Cabiddu - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was much harsher than I expected. But them it was naive if me to think there wouldn't be discussion if the extreme violence that brings such powerful mourning stories as the title suggests. Enticing read and highly perspective changing.
The other victim March 12 2014
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Format: Paperback
I understand a mother's anguish over the death of a son, Bem Holloway, but I wish she had also described her grief for the pain he caused his victims. Her son held a young college girl hostage for 7 hours, raped her, choked her, and then stabbed her and left her to die. He was shot while trying to escape from prison, where he was serving a 95-year sentence. Surely that young girl is as much a victim as the Holloway family.

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