Glidden's Patent Application for Barbed Wire

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Subject:
Humanities, Social Sciences
Provider:
National Archives and Records Administration
Provider Set:
National Archives and Records Administration
Level:
Primary, Secondary
Language:
English
Material Type:
Lesson Plans
Media Format:
Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML
Abstract:

This lesson presents the drawing and description that helped Joseph Glidden, a farmer from De Kalb, Illinois, win a patent for barbed wire in 1874. Glidden's design remains today the most familiar style of barbed wire. This site also examines the considerable impact of barbed wire on the economy, society, and politics in the West.

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