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War Matters: Material Culture in the Civil War Era

Joan E. Cashin

Abstract

Material objects lie at the crux of understanding individual and social relationships throughout history, and the Civil War generation is no exception. Before, during, and after the war, Americans from all walks of life created, used, revered, exploited, discarded, mocked, and destroyed objects for countless reasons. These objects had symbolic significance for millions of people. The essays in this volume consider a wide range of material objects, including weapons, Revolutionary artifacts, landscapes, books, vaccine matter, human bodies, houses, clothing, and documents. Together, the cont ... More

Keywords: Material culture, Civil War, Revolution, Antebellum era, Reconstruction, Objects, Relics, Artifacts, Memory, Museums

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643205
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan E. Cashin, editor
Ohio State University

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Introduction

Joan E. Cashin

1 John Brown’s Pikes

Jason Phillips

2 Relics from Two Wars

Joan E. Cashin

3 Nature as Material Culture

Lisa M. Brady & Timothy Silver

4 Saved by a Testament

Ronald J. Zboray & Mary Saracino Zboray

6 Scabrous Matters

Robert D. Hicks

7 Fitted Up for Freedom

Sarah Jones Weicksel

10 The Stuff of Defeat

Yael A. Sternhell

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