Cohen, Lizabeth. "The New Deal State and the Making of Citizen Consumers" in Getting and Spending: European and American Consumer Societies in the Twentieth Century, eds by Susan Strasser, Charles McGovern, and Matthias Judt (Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 1998), 111 - 147.
This article is part of a collection of works that discusses the history of consumer societies in Europe and America in the 1900's. For teacher primarily.
Igo, Sarah. The Averaged American. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007). This book provides an important history of the development of the polling process within politics to create an average American. For teachers primarily.
Keeter, Scott, Juliana Horowitz, and Alec Tyson. "Young Voters in the 2008 Election." Pew Research Center for People and the Press, http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1031/young-voters-in-the-2008-election (accessed June 30, 2010)
This article discusses the young voter with applicable graphs that shows the emerging trends of young voters. For student use.
Nimmo, Dan. "Political Image Makers and the Mass Media." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 427 (Sept 1976): 33 44.
This article is an example of a historian discussing the context and connection between political image-makers and the media. Usable with honors students.
Squire, Peverill. "Why the 1936 Literary Digest Poll Failed," The Public Opinion Quarterly 52, No. 1 (Spring 1988): 125 133, http://www.jstor.org/stable/2749114 (accessed May 31, 2010).
This piece explains the failings of the 1936 Literary Digest Poll. Usable with students.
Palladino, Grace. "The Content of Their Character: Black Teenagers and Civil Rights in the South" in Teenagers: An American History. (New York: Basic Books, 1996).
This chapter focuses on young African Americans, Central Falls High School, and the economic boycotts that impact American integration. Usable with students.
Westbrook, Robert B. "Politics as Consumption: Managing the Modern American Election." In the The Culture of Consumption: Critical Essays in American History, 1880 - 1980, eds. by Richard Wrightman Fox and T.J. Jackson Lears (New York: Pantheon Books, 1983), 145 173.
This chapter develops the history of politics as a consumer driven product between 1880 - 1890. Excellent for teachers. Useable with honors students, but a dense read for them.