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American Commodities in an Age of Empire by Mona Domash

By Mona Domash

it is a novel interpretation of the connection among consumerism, commercialism, and imperialism through the first empire development period of the US within the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. not like different empires in historical past, which have been regularly outfitted on army strength, the 1st American empire was once essentially a advertisement one, devoted to pushing items out of the country and dominating overseas markets. whereas the yank govt was once very important, it was once the good capitalist agencies of the USA – Heinz, Singer, McCormick, Kodak, commonplace Oil – that drove the imperial procedure, explicitly linking the acquisition of patron items in a foreign country with 'civilization'. Their power message to America's prospective buyers used to be, 'buy American items and sign up for the march of progress'. Domosh additionally explores how the photographs of peoples in another country conveyed via items increased America's feel of itself within the world.

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