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American Dreams in Mississippi: Consumers, Poverty, and Culture, 1830-1998 (Paperback)
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American Dreams in Mississippi: Consumers, Poverty, and Culture, 1830-1998 (Paperback)

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Paperback 248 Pages / Published: 31/05/1999
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The dreams of abundance, choice, and novelty that have fueled the growth of consumer culture in the United States would seem to have little place in the history of Mississippi--a state long associated with poverty, inequality, and rural life. But as Ted Ownby demonstrates in this innovative study, consumer goods and shopping have played important roles in the development of class, race, and gender relations in Mississippi from the antebellum era to the present. After examining the general and plantation stores of the nineteenth century, a period when shopping habits were stratified according to racial and class hierarchies, Ownby traces the development of new types of stores and buying patterns in the twentieth century, when women and African Americans began to wield new forms of economic power. Using sources as diverse as store ledgers, blues lyrics, and the writings of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, and Will Percy, he illuminates the changing relationships among race, rural life, and consumer goods and, in the process, offers a new way to understand the connection between power and culture in the American South. |Shows how consumer goods and shopping have played important roles in the development of class, race, and gender relations in Mississippi from the antebellum era to the present-or from the plantation store to Wal-Mart.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807848067
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
[Ownby] opens a new window on a distinctive southern state.

"North Carolina Historical Review"


An important work that should serve as a model for similar studies.

"Journal of American History"


A provocative social history that examines the consumer behavior around four powerful dreams.

"Library Journal"


A valuable work of social history that could encourage a reevaluation of many premises about the Deep South.

"Booklist"


"With this well-written and thoughtful book, Ownby adds an unexpected case study to the burgeoning literature on American consumerism.

"Choice""


Ownby opens a new window on a distinctive southern state.

"North Carolina Historical Review"


With this well-written and thoughtful book, Ownby adds an unexpected case study to the burgeoning literature on American consumerism.

"Choice"

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