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The Culture of Consumerism
Christopher Lasch

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Materials Cited

Boorstin, Daniel J. The Image: The Guide to Pseudo-Events in America (rev. ed., New York: Atheneum, 1972).

Ewen, Stuart. Captains of Consciousness: Advertising and the Social Roots of the Consumer Culture (New York: McGraw Hill, 1976).

Galbraith, John Kenneth. The Affluent Society (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1958).

Leuchtenburg, William E. A Troubled Feast: American Society Since 1945 (rev ed., Boston: Little, Brown, 1979).

Marchand, Roland. Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940 (Berkeley, Cal.: University of California Press, 1985).

Meikle, Jeffrey L. Twentieth-Century Limited. Industrial Design in America, 1925-1939 (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1979).

Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr. The Age of Roosevelt: The Coming of the Flew Deal (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1959).

Excerpted from Mary Kupiec Cayton, Elliott J. Gorn, and Peter W Williams, eds., Encyclopedia of American Social History (New York: Gale Group, 1993, pp.1381–90.)

Selected Bibliography

Historical Studies of Consumption, c. 1920–c. 1970

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee. Imagining Consumers: Design and Innovation from Wedgwood to Corning (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000).

Glickman, Lawrence B., ed. Consumer Society in American History: A Reader (Ithaca, N.Y: Cornell University Press,1999).

Lears, T. J. Jackson, and Richard Wightman Fox, eds. The Culture of Consumption: Critical Essays in American History, 1880-1980 (New York: Pantheon, 1983).

Lee, Martyn J., ed. The Consumer Society Reader (New York: Blackwell, 2000).

Lubar, Steven, and Kathleen Kendrick. Legacies: Collecting America's History at the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001).

Miller, Daniel. Material Culture and Mass Consumption (New York: Blackwell, 1987).

———ed. Material Culture: Why Some Things Matter (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998).

Mullins, Paul R. "Race and the Genteel Consumer: Class and African-American Consumption, 1850-1930," Historical Archeology 33 (1999).

Ownby Ted. American Dreams in Mississippi: Consumers, Poverty, and Culture, 1830-1998 (Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 1999).

Roszak, Theodore. The Making of a Counter Culture: Reflections on the Technocratic Society and Its Youthful Opposition (Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1969).

Schor, Juliet B., The Overspent American: Upscaling, Downshifting, and the New Consumer (New York: Basic Books, 1998).

Spears, Timothy B. 100 Years on the Road: The Traveling Salesmen in American Culture (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995).

Strasser, Susan, Charles McGovern, and Matthias Judt, eds. Getting and Spending: European and American Consumer Societies in the Twentieth Century (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998).

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