The good, the bad, and the barbed

Barbed wire conjured images of conflict, prisons, and human suffering. We imagine an overcast sky, a sad child looking through a fence of a prison as some unimaginable atrocity occurs just off camera. The reality is that barbed wire originated in the American West as a way to keep cattle and bison from destroying the crops of the early settlers.

Then came barbed wire. Suddenly, farmers had a quick, easy, and effective way to control the cowherds that the cowmen took to graze–AND the bison that the native Americans relied on for their hunting and migration.

The Devil’s Rope, indeed.

Read or listen at: 99% Invisible


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