HIS 144 Grand Canyon University Prosperity and Consumerism Discussion

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(1) "The Banality of Gilding: Innocuous Materiality and Transatlantic Consumption in the Gilded Age," "Thorstein Veblen: Conspicuous Consumption, 1902," and "America’s Gilded Age" and then answer the discussion question that follows: During the Victorian Age, the upper class became very wealthy in part by exploiting the lower classes. For America to become a great and wealthy nation, was the exuberance and disparity of the Victorian age justified? Explain why. (2) Why was the New Deal initiated? What problems did it address? What were some possible unintended consequences of the New Deal? Did the New Deal solve the problems it was designed to solve? Do you believe the legacy of the New Deal is a positive or negative? Explain. Sources (1) https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx ?direct=true&db=ofs&AN=84108115&site=ehost-live&scope=site http://www.fordham.edu/Halsall/mod/1902veblen00.asp http://www.flaglermuseum.us/history/gilded-age Sources (2) https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www-proquestcom.lopes.idm.oclc.org/docview/1266438956?accountid=7374 https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx ?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=42542153&site=ehost-live&scope=site https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx ?direct=true&db=ofs&AN=508202338&site=ehost-live&scope=site https://lopes.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.lopes.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx ?direct=true&db=bth&AN=47880741&site=ehost-live&scope=site
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The Victorian age backed by the Gilded Age as referred to by Mark Twain was a combination of
the industrial and commercial wealth that had begun to accumulate owing to the unparalleled
growth in technology. The rapid economic growth of this period gave the merchant and upper
classes of America the context of a rich western cultural heritage and tradition. America saw a
unique blend of technology and western tradition and the art and architecture at the time
expressed the change and creativity that the Americans had brought into their lives. However,
with this accumulation of wealth comes the differentiation of classes which elaborates the leisure
class in hierarchical gradations (Flagler Museum, 2021). This is explained through Thorstein
Veblen’s theory of Conspicuous consumption which can be used to understand the leisure class
in the Victorian age and how the flamboyant ownership and display of wealth soon created ranks
and grades whereby the lower classes were exploited by the upper class. Americans in the
Victorian age justified conspicuous consumption as a way of developing to their highest and best
purpose neglecting the implications that it would have on the lower class. They were obsessed
with the ultimate expressio...

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