Mintz, Ch. 11

1. What impact did America's consumer culture have on the lives of children and adolescents inearly twentieth century America?

2. In Youth and Life, published in 1913 when he was twenty-seven years of age, the social critic Randolph Bourne wrote, "Old age lives in the delusion that it has improved and rationalized its youthful ideas by experience and stored-up wisdom, when all it has done is to damage them more or less -- usually more. And the tragedy of life is that the world is run by these damaged ideals. That is why our ideas are always a generation behind our actual social conditions." What was Bourne saying and why do you think he said it? Did his own age have something to do with it or were his words a sign of the times? Was he just a malcontent or did he speak for other members of his generation?