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.