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American Business History, Seminar Reading List, 2021-22, Semester 2

American Business History, 2021/22, Semester 2
Professor Regina Blaszczyk
r.blaszczyk@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee, and Scranton, Philip. Major Problems in American Business History: Documents and Essays Boston: Houghton Miffin, 2006.    

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Seminar Week 1: American Business and the American Dream

Readings:

The Constitution of the United States, at the National Archives of the United States, https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript

Pena, David S., “Comparing the Chinese Dream with the American Dream,” International Critical Thought 5 (2015), 277-295. Online resource.

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Seminar Week 2: The Slave South

Readings:

Beckert, Sven, “Cotton and the Global Origins of Capitalism,” Journal of World History 28 (March 2017): 107-120.  Online resource.

Bailey, Ronald, “The Other Side of Slavery: Black Labor, Cotton, and Textile Industrialization in Britain and the United States,” Agricultural History 68 (spring 1994), 34-50.  Online resource.

Chaplin, Joyce E., “Creating a Cotton South in Georgia and South Carolina, 1760-1815,” Journal of Southern History 57 (May 1991), 171-200. Online resource.

Colby, Jason M., “Race, Empire and New England Capital in the Caribbean, 1890-1930,” Massachusetts Historical Review 11 (2009), 1-25.  Online resource.

Dyle, Steven, “An ‘Abominable’ New Trade: The Closing of the African Slave Trade and Changing Patterns of U.S. Political Power, 1808-60,” William and Mary Quarterly (Oct. 2009), 833-850.  Online resource.

Elliott, E. N., Cotton Is King, and Pro-Slavery Arguments: Comprising the Writings of Hammond, Harper, Christy, Stringfellow, Hodge, Bledsoe, and Cartwright, on this Important Subject. Augusta, Georgia: Pritchard, Abbott & Loomis, 1850. Online resource. 

Johnson, Walter, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999. Online resource.

Mintz, Sidney W., Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. New York: Penguin Books, 1985. Online resource. 

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Seminar Week 3: The Industrial North

Readings:  

Dublin, Thomas, Women at Work: The Transformation of Work and Community in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1826-1860, 2d ed. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993. Online resource. 

Farley, Harriet, Operatives’ Reply to Hon. Jere. Clemens Being a Sketch of Factory Life and Factory Enterprise and a Brief History of Manufacturing by Machinery. Lowell: S. J. Varney, 1850. Online resource. 

Knight, Charles, and Harriet Martineau, Mind Amongst the Spindles: A Miscellany, wholly composed by the factory girls; selected from the Lowell Offering. Boston: Jordan, Swift & Wiley, 1845. Online resource. 

Miles, Henry Adolphus Miles. Lowell, as It Was and As It Is. Lowell, Mass.: Powers and Bagley, 1845. Online resource. 

Verplanck, Anne, “The Business of Daguerreotypy,” Enterprise & Society 16 (Dec. 2015), 889-928. Online resource. 

Zakim, Michael, “A Ready-Made Business: The Birth of the Clothing Industry in America,” Business History Review (spring 1999): 61-90. Online resource. 

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Seminar Week 5: The Age of Big Business

Readings:

Arnold, David, “Global Goods and Local Usages: The Small World of the Indian Sewing Machine, 1875-1952,” Journal of Global History 6 (2011), 407-429.  Online resource. 

Backer, Samuel E., “The Informational Economy of Vaudeville and the Business of American Entertainment,” Business History Review 95 (autumn 2021), 423-446.  Online resource. 

Chandler, Alfred D., Jr., “The Beginnings of ‘Big Business’ in American Industry,” Business History Review 33 (Spring 1959): 1-31. Online resource. 

Connelly, Marguerite, “The Disappearance of the Domestic Sewing Machine, 1890-1925,” Winterthur Portfolio 34 (spring 1999), 31-48.  Online resource. 

Davies, Robert B., “’Peacefully Working to Conquer the World”: The Singer Manufacturing Company in Foreign Markets, 1854-1889,” Business History Review 43 (autumn 1969), 299-325. Online resource. 

French, M. J., “The Emergence of US Multinational Enterprise: The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, 1910-1939,” Economic History Review, 2d ser., 40, (1987), 65-79.  Online resource. 

Godley, Andrew, “Selling the Sewing Machine Around the World: Singer’s International Marketing Strategies, 1850-1920,” Enterprise & Society 7, no. 2 (June 2006): 266-314. Online resource. 

Gordon, Andrew, “Selling the American Way: The Singer Sales System in Japan, 1900-1938,” Business History Review 82 (winter 2008), 671-699.  Online resource. 

Han, Eunsun Celeste, “Making a Black Pacific: African Americans and the Formation of Transpacific Community Networks, 1865-1872,” Journal of African American History 101 (winter-spring 2016), 23-48. Online resource.

Hounshell, David A.,  From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932: The Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984. Online resource. 

Mills, James D., The Art of Money Making; or the Road to Fortune: A Universal Guide for Honest Success. St. Louis, Mo.: International Publishing Co., 1874. Online resource. 

Tarbell, Ida Minerva, The History of the Standard Oil Company. London: William Heineman, 1905. Online resource. 

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Seminar Week 7: Consumer Culture

Readings:

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee, Imagining Consumers: Design and Innovation from Wedgwood to Corning. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. Online resource. 

Gamber, Wendy, “A Gendered Enterprise: Placing Nineteenth-Century Businesswomen in History,” Business History Review 72 (summer 1998), 188-217. Online resource. 

Howard, Vicki, From Main Street to Mall: The Rise and Fall of the American Department Store. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.  Online resource. 

Leach, William R., “Transformations in a Culture of Consumption: Women and Department Stores, 1890-1925,” Journal of American History 71 (September 1984): 319-342. Online resource. 

Klassen, Henry C., “T.C. Power & Bro.: The Rise of a Small Western Department Store, 1870-1902,” Business History Review 66 (winter 1992), 671-72.  Online resource. 

Manring, Maurice M., “Aunt Jemima Explained: The Old South, the Absent Mistress, and the Slave in a Box,” Southern Cultures 2 (fall 1995), 19-44. Online resource. 

Nutting, P. Bradley, “Selling Elegant Glassware during the Great Depression: A. H. Heisey & Copmany and the New Deal,” Business History Review 77 (autumn 2003), 447-478. Online resource.

Resseguie, Harry E., “Alexander Turney Stewart and the Development of the Department Store, 1823-1876,” Business History Review 39 (autumn 1965), 301-322. Online resource. 

Reynolds, Virginia, “Slaves to Fashion, Not Society: Elizabeth Keekly and Washington, D.C.’s African-American Dressmakers, 1860-1870,” Washington History 26 (fall 2014), 4-17.  Online resource. 

Stobart, Jon, and Vicki Howard, The Routledge Companion to the History of Retailing Abington, Oxon: Routledge, 2019.  Online resource. 

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Seminar Week 8: Modern Times  

Readings:

Blaszczyk, Regina Lee, The Color Revolution. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2012. Online resource. 

Caldor, Lendor, Financing the American Dream: A Cultural History of Consumer Credit. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1999. Online resource. 

Flink, James J., The Automobile Age. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. Online resource. 

Hounshell, David A., From the American System to Mass Production, 1800-1932: The Development of Manufacturing Technology in the United States. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1984. Online resource. 

Marchand, Roland, Advertising the American Dream: Making Way for Modernity, 1920-1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985.  Online resource. 

Olney, Martha L., “Advertising, Consumer Credit, and the ‘Consumer Durables Revolution’ of the 1920s,” Journal of Economic History 47 (June 1987): 489-491.  Online resource. 

Schorman, Rob, “’This Astounding Car for $1,500”: The Year Automobile Advertising Came of Age,” Enterprise and Society 11 (Sept. 2010): 468-523. Online resource. 

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Seminar Week 9: Black Business

Readings: 

Hill, Laura Warren and Julia Rabig, eds., The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism, and Corporate Responsibility in Postwar America (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2012). Online resource. 

Lewis, Tasha, and Natalie Gray, “The Maturation of Hip-Hop’s Menswear Brands: Outfitting the Urban Consumer,” Fashion Practice 5 (2013), 229-243.  Online resource. 

McAndrew, Malia, “Selling Black Beauty: African American Modeling Agencies and Charm Schools in Postwar America,” OAH Magazine of History 24 (Jan. 2010), 29-32. Online resource. 

McAndrew, Malia, “A Twentieth-Century Triangle Trade: Selling Black Beauty at Home and Abroad, 1945-1965,” Enterprise & Society 11 (Dec. 2010), 786-812. Online resource. 

Peck, Janice, “The Secret of Her Success: Oprah Winfrey and the Seductions of Self-Transformation,” Journal of Communication Inquiry 34 (2010), 7-14.  Online resource. 

Petrulis, Jason, “A Country of Hair”: A Global History of South Korean Wigs, Korean American Entrepreneurs, African American Hairstyles, and Cold War Industrialization,” Enterprise & Society 22 (June 2021), 368-408.  Online resource.

Suisman, David, “Co-Workers in the Kingdom of Culture: Black Swan Records and the Political Economy of American Music,” Journal of American History 90 (March 2004), 1295-1324. Online resource. 

Walker, Juliet E. K., “War, Women, Song: The Tectonics of Black Business and Entrepreneurship, 1939-2001,” Review of Black Political Economy 31 (2003), 65-108. Online resource. 

Walker, Susannah, “Black Is Profitable: The Commodification of the Afro, 1960-1975,” Enterprise & Society 1 (Sept. 2000), 536-564. Online resource. 

Weems, Robert E., Jr., “A Man in a Woman’s World: Anthony Overton’s Rise to Prominence in the African American Personal Care Products Industry,” Journal of African American History 101 (fall 2016), 407-435. Online resource.

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Seminar Week 10: The Postwar Era

Readings:  

Cohen, Lizabeth, “From Town Center to Shopping Center: The Reconfiguration of Community Marketplaces in Postwar America,” American Historical Review 101 (Oct. 1996), 1050-1081.  Online resource. 

Flink, James J., The Automobile Age. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. Online resource. 

Marling, Karal Ann, “America’s Love Affair with the Automobile in the Television Age,” Design Quarterly 146 (1989), 5-20.  Online resource. 

Morin, Alice, “The Fashion of the 1960s: A New Power Shaping the American Image,” USAbroad: Journal of American History and Politics 1 (2018), 1-13, available online at https://usabroad.unibo.it/article/view/7162/7525

Samuel, Lawrence R., Brought to You By: Postwar Television Advertising and the American Dream. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2001). Online resource. 

Spiegel, Lynn, Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992. Online resource. 

Kuisel, Richard F., “Coca-Cola and the Cold War: The French Face Americanization, 1948-1953,” French Historical Studies 17 (spring 1991), 96-116.  Online resource. 

Manzano, Valeria, “The Blue Jean Generation: Youth, Gender, and Sexuality in Buenos Aires, 1958-1975,” Journal of Social History 42 (spring 2009), 657-676.  Online resource. 

Stobart, Jon, and Vicki Howard, The Routledge Companion to the History of Retailing (Abington, Oxon: Routledge, 2019) Online resource. 

Zumello, Christine, “The ‘Everything Card’ and Consumer Credit in the United States in the 1960s,” Business History Review 85 (autumn 2011), 551-575. Online resource.

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Seminar Week 11: The Service Economy  

Applebaum, Richard, and Nelson Lichtenstein, “A New World of Retail Supremacy: Supply Chains and Workers’ Chains in the Age of Wal-Mart,” International Labor and Working-Class History 70 (Fall 2006): 106-125. Online resource. 

Brunn, Stanley D., Wal-Mart World: The World’s Biggest Corporation in the Global Economy (New York: Routledge, 2015) (Ebook ordered)   

Copeland, Nicholas, and Christine Labuski, The World of Wal-Mart: Discounting the American Dream (New York: Rutledge, 2012) (eBook ordered)   

Miller, Michael B., Europe and the Maritime World: A Twentieth-Century History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012. Online resource. 

Levinson, Marc, The Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006. Online resource. 

Levinson, Marc, Outside the Box: How Globalization Changed from Moving Stuff to Spreading Ideas. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020. (eBook ordered).   

Stobart, Jon, and Vicki Howard, The Routledge Companion to the History of Retailing Abington, Oxon: Routledge, 2019. Online resource. 

Vance, Sandra S., and Roy V. Scott, “Sam Walton and Wal-Mart Stores., Inc.: A Study in Modern Southern Entrepreneurship,” Journal of Southern History 58 (May 1992), 231-252. Online resource. 

Wilk, Daniel Levinson, “The Red Cap’s Gift,” Enterprise & Society 16 (March 2015), 5-50. Online resource. 

This list was last updated on 22/01/2022