The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of materials chronicling Minnesota's history and culture. The goals of the Collections Department are to collect and preserve; provide access and interpretation; and engage in education and outreach. This blog is a tool to share these stories and let people know what is happening in the department.
The Theory of the Leisure Class
On this day in 1899, The Theory of the Leisure Class: An Economic Study of Institutions by Thorstein Veblen was published. A graduate of Carleton College, Veblen earned recognition as a dynamic economist and social theorist, and his book remains influential today. It was Veblen who coined the phrase “conspicuous consumption.”