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The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era$
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Mark E. Neely Jr.

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829868

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876947_neely

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Household Gods Material Culture, the Home, and the Boundaries of Engagement with Politics

Household Gods Material Culture, the Home, and the Boundaries of Engagement with Politics

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Household Gods Material Culture, the Home, and the Boundaries of Engagement with Politics
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The Boundaries of American Political Culture in the Civil War Era
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Mark E. Neely

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807876947_neely.4

This chapter examines the importance of American political culture in the daily lives of nineteenth-century Americans. It focuses on the range of material culture of politics regularly found in the American home: lithographs on walls, newspapers on the parlor table, statuary in nooks, and photographs in family albums. First, it discusses the abundance of published political newspapers. This is followed by the use of popular lithography, particularly Currier & Ives' political portraits. The chapter then discusses sheet music with political themes, family photograph albums with images of political figures, and the parlor statuary.

Keywords:   material culture, politics, lithographs, newspapers, statuary, lithography, Currier & Ives, sheet music, family albums

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