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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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John Brown’s Pikes

John Brown’s Pikes

Assembling the Future in Antebellum America

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(p.13) 1 John Brown’s Pikes
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War Matters
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Jason Phillips
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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643205.003.0002

Material objects from the antebellum era could symbolize political intent, such as John Brown’s pikes from the raid at Harper’s Ferry in 1859. The possession of certain objects, such as these pikes, could embolden people to take political and military action. They also served as harbingers of the coming war against slavery.

Keywords:   John Brown, Pikes, Bowie knives, Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, West Virginia, African Americans, Dangerfield Newby, Osborne Anderson, John Floyd

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