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March 22, 2018


“I Don’t Wanna Grow Up”: The Self-Destruction of Toys ‘R Us

During the holiday season of 1999, right smack dab in the middle of the dot com bubble, a well-known retail store nearly crashed and burned, learning a very important turn-of-the-century lesson in business. Just in time for the holidays, popular retailer Toys ‘R Us opened their primitive website, which just could not stand against the

conspicuous consumption

Conspicuous Consumption and Continental Change

How did the production and consumption of consumer goods transform gender roles, race relations, and ideas about class, and how did Americans allow consumerism to affect social change? Production and consumption levels within the United States rose to all-time highs throughout the 20th century. Consumerism, on all fronts, became a massive part of day-to-day life.

Book Review: Making a New Deal by Lizabeth Cohen

History in general is stained with tales of greatness…tales that that play off the harsh climate of sociopolitical and economic turmoil and celebrate the ingenuity or ‘progress’ made in a world that lacked connections to modern society. It is within Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago 1919-1939 that Cohen tackles the myth of

Profits of Slavery

Profits and Costs of Slavery Up to and After the Civil War

How did the economic developments of the period 1790-1860 influence political stalemate, secession, and war? What were the economic and social costs of this road to abolition? While other nations – such as Britain and France – managed to put an end to slavery in a way that prevented political discourse, the United States of

Individuality and Communalism in Colonial Economics

The features of capitalism have evolved throughout both history and society, and it has been immensely affected by the pressures from both individuals and institutions. Although capitalism has played a rather crucial role in the shaping of American economic and geopolitical thought, modern historiography has questioned the foundations of our colonial economics. Until recently, American

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