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College Catalog 2017-2018 
College Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENVI 236 - Consumer Nation: American Consumer Culture in the 20th Century

Cross-Listed as HIST 236  
“Of all the strange beasts that have come slouching into the 20th century,” writes James Twitchell, “none has been more misunderstood, more criticized, and more important than materialism.” In this course we will trace the various twists and turns of America’s vigorous consumer culture across the twentieth century, examining its growing influence on American life, its implications for the environmental health of the world, and the many debates it has inspired. Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)