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War MattersMaterial Culture in the Civil War Era$
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Joan E. Cashin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643205

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.001.0001

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The Idea of the Thing

(p.1) Introduction
War Matters
Joan E. Cashin
University of North Carolina Press

Most historians of the Civil War era have neglected material culture studies, but the field has a great deal to offer to scholars. Numerous relics survive from the time period, and they can be found in museums, historical societies, and state archives; they are also mentioned frequently in the manuscripts. People who lived through the war used objects to convey a host of powerful cultural messages about their experiences.

Keywords:   Material culture, Historical memory, Anthropology, Archaeology, Museums, Objects, Relics, Artifacts, Civilians, Soldiers

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