Arts and Consumer Culture of African-Americans

Study of the culture of African-Americans during the Progressive Era.

This paper looks at the development of the African-American culture during the coming of the 20th century. More specifically, the paper discusses and analyzes the culture of consumerism and literature of the African-American sector during the Progressive Era.
“The consumerism of African Americans is illustrated by the increased consumption of manufactured goods and services offered in the commercial market. By buying these manufactured goods and services, African Americans perceive themselves as one with the white American society. By subsisting to materialism and hedonism, the black American sector sought to achieve an equal status, establish an egalitarian society in the country, where both white and black Americans co-exist peacefully. Unfortunately, this is just an “idealistic” view of the consumer culture of African Americans, where material goods represent their ideals for a free and equal society.”