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February 23, 2018

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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.

Capitalism

Infrastructure, Transportation, and Mechanization: The Creative Destruction of the American System

From the period of 1790 – 2000, the United States had gone through a process of creative destruction, which essentially is the economic materialistic perspective of witnessing one way of life collapse in favor for a newer ideal. Joseph Schumpeter, author of Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy, defined creative destruction as a “process of industrial mutation”,

Chicago Riots

Unified in Misery, Divided by Discrimination: An Analysis of Cohen’s “Making a New Deal”

Previously on this site, I published a rather short book review on Lizabeth Cohen’s “Making a New Deal”. Much like I enjoyed reading the book twice, I’ve enjoyed writing about it twice. In what ways were workers united and divided before the Great Depression? How did labor gain and fail to advance under the New Deal legislation? Here’s an

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

ironclads

Book Review: Duel Between the First Ironclads

William C. Davis, author of Duel Between the First Ironclads, is a well-respected American historian who spent time as a Professor of History at Virginia Tech from 2000 – 2013; and he has spent most of his career doing research on the American South. He has written around forty books focused on southern U.S. history around

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