Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Smoking during the early 1900s


The image I have selected is an advertisement for smoking from 1908. Smoking became a huge fad in the late 19th century in the United States. It became something that the average American had to do to be seen as 'cool'. Adam's insinuates that America grew from inhibiting a culture. As the want for the next, newest, biggest, most popular thing swept American minds ,the values born out of the pioneer culture of the first migrants appeared to whither. This contradicts Adams' view in regard to cigarette's, which history can be traced to when quantity was now growing over the quality and moving into the new era or industrialisation. As well as tobacco being a key example of a product that was cheap to produce due to the slave labour and a cheap workforce. This meant that there was a higher supply to outstretch demand, leading to smoking becoming a nationwide phenomenon. Something which won't be attributed to an inherited culture as Adams advocates.

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