Prof. Meg Jacobs
This course features archived syllabi from various semesters.
This class examines how and why twentieth-century Americans came to define the "good life" through consumption, leisure, and material abundance. We will explore how such things as department stores, nationally advertised brand-name goods, mass-produced cars, and suburbs transformed the American economy, society, and politics. The course is organized both thematically and chronologically. Each period deals with a new development in the history of consumer culture. Throughout we explore both celebrations and critiques of mass consumption and abundance.
Jacobs, Meg. 21H.206 American Consumer Culture, Fall 2007. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/history/21h-206-american-consumer-culture-fall-2007 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA