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Blog Post: Failed objects: Bullet proof vests and design in the American Civil War
Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Duration: 5 minutes
Date Posted: 8/30/2013
In this post, readers will discover some of the early history of bullet-proof vests and how Americans during the Civil War tried to protect themselves and their loved ones with this relatively new invention. Written by Civil War scholar Sarah Weicksel, this post is published on the Museum's "O Say Can You See?" blog.