Lawrence B. Glickman, Cornell University

Professor Ithaca, New York lbg49@cornell.edu Office: (607) 255-2076

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Bio/Research

I focus on post-Civil War American history, with special interests in labor history, cultural history, and the history of consumer society. At the University of South Carolina, where I taught from 1992-2014, I taught surveys of US History since the Civil War; lecture courses on the United States ...

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Bio/Research

I focus on post-Civil War American history, with special interests in labor history, cultural history, and the history of consumer society. At the University of South Carolina, where I taught from 1992-2014, I taught surveys of US History since the Civil War; lecture courses on the United States in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the United States in the Twentieth Century; undergraduate seminars in labor, cultural, and consumer history; as well as a variety of graduate seminars, including one on the comparative history of consumer societies.

My first book, A Living Wage: American Workers and the Making of Consumer Society (Cornell University Press,1997; paperback, 1999) examines the role that workers played in the development of consumer society in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. My edited anthology, Consumer Society in American History: A Reader (Cornell University Press, 1999) is designed to introduce students to key readings in the field. Another book, I co-edited, with James Cook and Michael O'Malley, The Cultural Turn in U.S. History (University of Chicago Press, 2008), explores the history of cultural history in the United States and examines recent trends, and new agendas. My most recent book, Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America (University of Chicago Press, 2009), traces changes and continuities in this long-lasting but relatively unexamined American political tradition of boycotting and buycotting.


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