By Lizabeth Cohen
During this sign paintings of background, Bancroft Prize winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lizabeth Cohen exhibits how the pursuit of prosperity after global conflict II fueled our pervasive shopper mentality and reworked American life.
Trumpeted as a method to advertise the final welfare, mass intake quick outgrew its financial targets and have become synonymous with patriotism, social equality, and the yankee Dream. fabric items got here to embrace the promise of the United States, and the ability of customers to buy every little thing from vacuum cleaners to convertibles gave upward thrust to the ability of electorate to buy political effect and impact social swap. but regardless of indisputable successes and remarkable affluence, mass intake additionally fostered monetary inequality and the fracturing of society alongside gender, type, and racial strains. In charting the advanced legacy of our “Consumers’ Republic” Lizabeth Cohen has written a daring, encompassing, and profoundly influential booklet.
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