In this Book

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Material objects lie at the crux of understanding individual and social relationships in history, and the Civil War era 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 contributors argue that an examination of the meaning of material objects can shed new light on the social, economic, and cultural history of the conflict. This book will fundamentally reshape our understanding of the war.

In addition to the editor, contributors include Lisa M. Brady, Peter S. Carmichael, Earl J. Hess, Robert D. Hicks, Victoria E. Ott, Jason Phillips, Timothy Silver, Yael A. Sternhell, Sarah Jones Weicksel, Mary Saracino Zboray, and Ronald J. Zboray.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction: The Idea of the Thing
  2. Joan E. Cashin
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. John Brown's Pikes: Assembling the Future in Antebellum America
  2. Jason Phillips
  3. pp. 13-33
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  1. 2. Relics From Two Wars: Revolutionary Artifacts in the Civil War Era
  2. Joan E. Cashin
  3. pp. 34-52
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  1. 3. Nature as Material Culture: Antietam National Battlefield
  2. Lisa M. Brady and Timothy Silver
  3. pp. 53-74
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  1. 4. Saved by a Testament: Books as Shields among Union and Confederate Soldiers
  2. Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray
  3. pp. 75-98
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  1. 5. The Material Culture of Weapons in the Civil War
  2. Earl J. Hess
  3. pp. 99-122
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  1. 6. Scabrous Matters: Spurious Vaccinations in the Confederacy
  2. Robert D. Hicks
  3. pp. 123-150
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  1. 7. Fitted Up for Freedom: The Material Culture of Refugee Relief
  2. Sarah Jones Weicksel
  3. pp. 151-175
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  1. 8. There’s No Place Like Home: Gender, Family, and the Confederate Alabama Household
  2. Victoria E. Ott
  3. pp. 176-197
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  1. 9. The Trophies of Victory and the Relics of Defeat: Returning Home in the Spring of 1865
  2. Peter S. Carmichael
  3. pp. 198-221
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  1. 10. The Stuff of Defeat: Material Culture and the Downfall of Jefferson Davis
  2. Yael A. Sternhell
  3. pp. 222-244
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 245-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-263
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781469643229
Related ISBN
9781469643199
MARC Record
OCLC
1055763495
Pages
280
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-09
Language
English
Open Access
No
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