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We Shall Be No More: Suicide and Self-Government in the Newly United States by [Richard Bell]

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“Richard Bell takes us among the inner demons early Americans encountered, and offers as reliable a picture of this fractured reality as we are likely to get. His book is engagingly written, as visceral a cultural history as you will find.”Andrew Burstein, coauthor of Madison and Jefferson

“A thoughtful and provocative look at the cultural politics of suicide in the early American Republic. After reading We Shall Be No More, it will be impossible to look at suicide and not recognize the deep political issues it evokes.”Michael Meranze, author of Laboratories of Virtue: Punishment, Revolution, and Authority in Philadelphia, 1760-1835

“The conflict between individual liberty and mutual obligation was at the heart of republican society and government, and in Bell's capable hands suicide is revealed as a crucial battleground in that struggle. A remarkable book.”Simon Newman, author of Embodied History: The Lives of the Poor in Early America

“In We Shall Be No More: Suicide and Self-Government in the Newly United States, Richard Bell movingly emphasizes the sometimes clumsy efforts of American asylums and humanitarian societies to care for those who tried to kill themselves, but who lived on for days, weeks, or years afterwards. Bell never forgets that suicide is about individuals and the persistence or recovery of their stories. His arresting, involving work on the young American republic brings out the farcical and tragic aspects of suicide. It also reveals a healthy suspicion of commentators in all periods who lament the helter-skelter decline of manners and morals, whether due to changes in legislation or reading habits.”Freya Johnston, Times Literary Supplement
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Richard Bell is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00838XSRI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harvard University Press (March 20, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 20, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3330 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 345 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0674063724
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled

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Richard Bell teaches Early American history at the University of Maryland. He has received several teaching prizes and major research fellowships including the National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award.

His first book, We Shall Be No More: Suicide and Self-Government in the Newly United States, was published in 2012. His second book, co-edited with Michele Lise Tarter, Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America, was published the same year. His new book, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home, was published in 2019.

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