Oil for Living: Petroleum and American Conspicuous Consumption

Black, Brian C.
June 2012
Journal of American History;Jun2012, Vol. 99 Issue 1, p40
Academic Journal
An essay is presented on the role of petroleum in the U.S. economy, with a particular focus on energy consumption following World War II. The author argues that petroleum provided the basis for U.S. economic activity and that consumer passion and cheap crude oil worked simultaneously to stimulate the U.S. economy. It examines the role of petroleum in the use of automobiles, the development of suburbs, and the emergence of a technical society.


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