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The marketplace of revolution : how consumer politics shaped American independence

Author: T H Breen
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2004.
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"The Marketplace of Revolution argues that the colonists' shared experience as consumers in a new imperial economy afforded them the cultural resources that they needed to develop a radical strategy of political protest - the consumer boycott. Never before had a mass political movement organized itself around disruption of the marketplace. As Breen demonstrates, often through anecdotes about obscure Americans,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: T H Breen
ISBN: 0195063953 9780195063950 9780195181319 019518131X
OCLC Number: 53324960
Awards: Winner of 2004 Society of Colonial Wars Book Award.
Description: xviii, 380 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The revolutionary politics of consumption --
Tale of the hospitable consumer: a revolutionary argument --
pt. 1. An empire of goods --
Inventories of desire: the evidence --
Consumers' new world: the unintended consequences of commercial success --
Vade mecum: the great chain of colonial acquisition --
The corrosive logic of choice: living with goods --
pt. 2. "A commercial plan form political salvation" --
Strength out of dependence: strategies of consumer resistance in an empire of goods --
Making lists- taking names: the politicization of everyday life --
Bonfires of tea: the final act.
Responsibility: T.H. Breen.
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A new interpretation about the coming of the American Revolution, Breen focuses on how the American colonists accumulated consumer goods from England.  Read more...

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