Sep 29, 2023  
College Catalog 2023-2024 
    
College Catalog 2023-2024

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

Cross-Listed as ENVI 236  
“Of all the strange beasts that have com 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. Meets History’s post-1800 requirement, and can count towards “Environment,” or “North America” fields.  Offered occasionally. (4 Credits)