Lecture Description

Americans believed material objects mattered a great deal in the Civil War era. Before 1861, Northerners and Southerners invested great political meaning in such objects as flags, monuments, and buildings associated with the Revolution (think Mount Vernon), and during the war they competed to take possession of these objects. Northerners who seized control of them believed they symbolized the eventual Union victory.

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Civil War and Reconstruction Material Culture and Architecture

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