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From Goodwill to Grunge: Secondhand Consumerism in the Twentieth-Century United States

Le Zotte, Jennifer
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Le Zotte, Jennifer
Advisor
Hale, Grace
Abstract
"From Goodwill to Grunge" argues that secondhand exchange in the twentieth-century United States was a defining social mechanism and important economic tool. Early in the century, used goods markets helped to craft the infrastructure of a thriving industrial economy, saved the public marketplace, and restructured charitable institutions. Especially after the end of World War II, these so-called “shadow economies” gained a substantial, voluntary consumer following. Secondhand markets became an important resource for the public articulation of minority opinions, including those of anti-capitalists, war protesters, advocates of gender and sexuality equality, and environmentalists.
Language
English
Date Received
20130802
Published
University of Virginia, Department of History, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2013
Published Date
2013-08-01
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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