Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940
It has become impossible to imagine our culture without advertising. But how and why did advertising become a determiner of our self-image? Advertising the American Dream looks carefully at the two decades when advertising discovered striking new ways to play on our anxieties and to promise solace for the masses.
As American society became more urban, more complex, and more dominated by massive bureaucracies, the old American Dream seemed threatened. Advertisers may only have dimly perceived the profound transformations America was experiencing. However, the advertising they created is a wonderfully graphic record of the underlying assumptions and changing values in American culture. With extensive reference to the popular media—radio broadcasts, confession magazines, and tabloid newspapers—Professor Marchand describes how advertisers manipulated modern art and photography to promote an enduring "consumption ethic."
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Review: Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940User Review - Emily - Goodreads
Focused on the period 1920 to 1940, Marchand's is a canonical text in the history of advertising, as he explores advertising's relationship to modernity. With plenty of accompanying images, he ... Read full review
Review: Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940User Review - Mary Catelli - Goodreads
A cross-sectional view of advertising over the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression. Lots of interesting stuff. An overview of the agencies themselves, their geographical concentration, their somewhat ... Read full review
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