An All-Consuming Century

An All-Consuming Century

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qAn All-Consuming Centuryq is a rich history of how market goods came to dominate American life over the hundred years between 1900 and 2000 and why for the first time in history there are no practical limits to consumerism.In an economy that made luxuries like cars available to a majority (but not all), keeping up was not seeking status but simply trying to be among the majority.20 The myth of mobility often was more humiliating ... 21 In the United States, individual laborers had comparatively little pride in tools or their ancestral farms to shelter them from the disdain of the rich or powerful. ... scarcely one in three manual wage earners owned a car, even though a used automobile could be bought for $60.

Title:An All-Consuming Century
Author:Gary Cross
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2000-10-06


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