Buying Power: A History of Consumer Activism in America by Lawrence B. Glickman

By Lawrence B. Glickman

A definitive historical past of customer activism, Buying Power lines the lineage of this political culture again to our nation’s founding, revealing that american citizens used paying for energy to help explanations and punish enemies lengthy earlier than the observe boycott even entered our lexicon. Taking the Boston Tea celebration as his place to begin, Lawrence Glickman argues that the rejection of British imports by means of innovative patriots inaugurated a continuing sequence of buyer boycotts, campaigns for secure and moral intake, and efforts to make items extra commonly available. He explores abolitionist-led efforts to eschew slave-made items, African American customer campaigns opposed to Jim Crow, a Thirties refusal of silk from fascist Japan, and rising modern routine like gradual meals. Uncovering formerly unknown episodes and interpreting recognized occasions from a clean point of view, Glickman illuminates moments while buyer activism intersected with political and civil rights pursuits. He additionally sheds new gentle on activists’ dating with the shopper stream, which gave upward push to lobbies just like the nationwide shoppers League and shoppers Union in addition to ill-fated laws to create a federal shopper safety Agency.

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