No Reservations: Politics and Mass Consumer Culture (w/ Dr. Kimberley Reilly)

Politics and Mass Consumer Culture: Lessons from the 1920s | Dr. Kimberley Reilly streaming live May 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM.

Historians have long debated the effect of mass consumer culture on Americans’ political engagement in the 1920s. How should we understand the decline of political participation in the jazz age? And what lessons does the 1920s hold for our own time?

Kimberley Reilly is an Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at UW-Green Bay. Her current book project is a legal and cultural history of marriage in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States. Her research has been supported by the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kimberly Reilly’s publications include “Wronged in Her Dearest Rights: Plaintiff Wives and the Transformation of Marital Consortium, 1870-1920,” Law and History Review 31 (February 2013): 61-99; and “‘A Perilous Venture for Democracy’: Soldiers, Sexual Purity, and American Citizenship in the First World War,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 13 (April 2014): 223-255. She is also the author of The Politics of Prosperity: Mass Consumer Culture in the 1920s (2020) which is part of the Debating American History series published by Oxford University Press.

No Reservations is a live speaking series presented by UW-Green Bay College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS).

This No Reservations talk is streamed live from Fort Howard Hall in the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

This event is proudly sponsored by the Rob and Cathy Riordan Family Foundation.


0:00 Pre-Livestream Show

9:51 Introduction with CAHSS Dean Chuck Ryback

11:37 Dr. Kimberley Reilly’s Politics and Mass Consumer Culture: Lessons from the 1920s

26:14 Questions and Answers

1:20:45 Post-Livestream Show

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