Table of contents for Financing the American dream : a cultural history of consumer credit / Lendol Calder.

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Introduction: Credit, Consumer Culture, and the American Dream3
Pt. 1Getting Trusted: Debt and Credit before Consumer Credit35
Ch. 1Beautiful Credit! The Foundation of Modern Society37
Ch. 2Debt in the Victorian Money Management Ethic74
Pt. 2Getting the Goods: The Making of a Credit Revolution109
Ch. 3Small-Loan Lending and the Rise of the Personal Finance Company111
Ch. 4Hard Payments: The Rise of Installment Selling156
Pt. 3Getting Credit: The Legitimization of Consumer Debt209
Ch. 5From Consumptive Credit to Consumer Credit211
Ch. 6Consumer Credit in the Great Depression262

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Consumer credit United States History, Consumption (Economics) United States History, Consumers United States History