Amusements of the Rich, 1882








Homes of the Poor, 1883

 Capitalism, Consumerism, and the Cult of Domesticity

Contemporary Works

Jane Addams, "The Subjective Necessity for Settlement Houses," Philanthropy and Social Progress (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell & Company, 1893), pp. 1-26.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics: A Study of the Economic Relation Between Men and Women as a Factor in Social Evolution (Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1898).

Thorstein Veblen. The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study in the Evolution of Institutions.
(New York, London: Macmillan, February 1899).

Jacob Riis, The Battle with the Slum (New York: Macmillan & Company, 1902).



Digital Collections, Documentary Resources, and Virtual Exhibits


Harvard University Library Open Collections Program: Women Working

William Crozier, Clarke Chambers, Patrick Costello, Chad Gaffield, and Beverly Stadium, editors, On the Lower East Side: Observations of Life in Lower Manhattan at the Turn of the Century (New York: Lower Manhattan Project, 1993).

Kay Davis, Class & Leisure at America's First Resort: Newport, Rhode Island, 1870-1914 (XRoads, University of Virginia, 2001).

Child Labor/Homework in the Early Twentieth Century: Images at the Library of Congress

Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era and the Consumer Economy, 1921-1929, American Memory, Library of Congress.

The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850-1920

Ad Access, Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History, Duke University

Making Sense of Ads, History Matters

Reader's Companion to U.S. Women's History: Advertising (Houghton Mifflin)

Women's Work in the Long Nineteenth Century

The Ivory Soap Project, Smithsonian Institution

McCord Museum, Keys to History: Thematic Tours: Everyday Life, 1840-1867: "The Cult of Domesticity; Everyday Life, 1867-1896, "A Consuming Passion," 2003.

Site Contacts

Susan E. Gallagher, Library Fellow

Cheryl Gray, Provost's Office

Last update: 08/21/2007