Luxurious Citizens: The Politics of Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America

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After the Revolution, Americans abandoned the political economy of self-denial and sacrifice that had secured their independence. In its place, they created one that empowered the modern citizen-consumer. This profound transformation was the uncoordinated and self-serving work of merchants, manufacturers, advertisers, auctioneers, politicians, and consumers themselves, who collectively created the nation's modern consumer economy: one that encouraged individuals to indulge their desires for the sake of the public good and ...

Luxurious Citizens: The Politics of Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America 2017, University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia

ISBN-13: 9780812248920

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