America in the 1920s: Growth of the Middle Class and a Consumer Economy

The 1920s was a decade of increasing conveniences for the middle class. The 1920s was a decade of increasing conveniences for the middle class. New products made household chores easier and led to more leisure time. Products previously too expensive became affordable. New forms of financing allowed every family to spend beyond their current means.[…]

The Middle Classes in the 19th Century: Etiquette and Upward Mobility

Examining the expansion of the middle classes in the 19th century that led to a new emphasis on upward mobility, etiquette and conspicuous consumption. Introduction For centuries the aristocracy had been the most powerful section of British society. But from the last quarter of the 18th century, the middle classes began to grow in power[…]