Top row: Sheet Music of 1910s Ragtime Legend Scott Joplin; H.M.S.
Titanic departing on its maiden (and only) voyage, 1912; Members of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU),
Middle row: Grange Producer Propaganda, c. 1874 (Farmer is at the
center of all commerce; all occupations are respected except for the "General
Broker," second from left on lower row, who claims "I Fleece You All");
Illinois farm woman reading Montgomery Ward catalog with her daughters, c. 1880.
Bottom row: 1914 New Automobile Show, New York City; Auto accident, c.
Dr. David Blanke
Professor of History, Chair of the Department of Humanities,
College of Liberal Arts
Texas A&M University -- Corpus Christi
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5814, FC265
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
Office: (361) 825-2373
FAX: (361) 825-5844
Areas of Interest and Historical
- The United States from 1865 to 1945; with an emphasis on urban and rural
history, popular and consumer culture, the automobile, and notions of collective
safety and personal risk within a modern society.
- I am currently working on a book on the Hollywood film director
Cecil B. DeMille.
on Wheels: The Promise and Peril of America's Car Culture, 1900-1940
(Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2007).
- "Consumer Choice, Consumer Agency, and New Directions in Rural Consumer
History," in Agricultural
History Vol 81, No 2 (Spring, 2007) 182-204.
- "Buckeye Legacies: Aspects of Urban Community in Ohio and the Ohio
River Valley" in the Journal
of Urban History Volume 29, Number 3 (March 2003): 310-321.
1910s, American Popular Culture Through History, Edited by Ray
B. Browne (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002).
- "A World of Goods: Appreciating Material Culture on the Prairie,"
in Dennis E. Suttles and Daniel W. Stowell, eds., From
Courtroom to Classroom: The Lincoln Legal Papers Curriculum (Springfield,
IL: Papers of Abraham Lincoln, 2002).
the American Dream: How Consumer Culture Took Root in the Rural Midwest
(Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2000).
- "Leisure and Rural Life," "Rural Institutions and Organizations,"
and "Catalog, Mail Order, and Direct Home Sales" in The
American Midwest: An Interpretive Encyclopedia, edited by Rishard
Sisson, et. al (Indiana University Press, 2007).
- Staff and contributor for The
Encyclopedia of Chicago, James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating, and
Janice L. Reiff, eds., The Encyclopedia of Chicago (University of Chicago
- "A Selected
Bibliographic Essay: Consumer Culture during the Gilded Age and Progressive
Eras," November 25, 1996, for H-SHGAPE and archived on the H-Net
- "A Comparison of the Catalogs Issued From Sears, Roebuck & Company
and Montgomery Ward Company, 1893-1906," Essays
in Economic and Business History Volume XII (June 1994): 319-385.
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