How did consumerism and the "American way of life" in the 1920s influence people's understanding of American values and freedom?
Consumerism and the idea of the "American way of life" affected people's understanding of values in the 1920s by equating freedom with the ownership of consumer goods. As the United States became more prosperous, many people enjoyed something they'd never had before: the freedom to own consumer products previously unavailable to them, such as automobiles and radios. A similar attitude can be observed today. People seem more concerned with the freedom to own things than with political freedom.
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