Advertising and the Transformation of American Society, 1865-1920


This historical analysis of advertisements explores the transformation of American society from 1865 to the 1920s, and the role that advertising played in turning America into a consumerist society. Focusing on national magazines and popular journals, Norris traces the way ads changed from simple sources of information to defining the image of the American dream. The book considers the role that advertising played in developing a national market for consumer goods, how it created demand for mass-produced items, and the contribution it made to the shifting consumption habits of Americans.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 1990


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