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Wendy A. Woloson

Wendy A. Woloson is Professor of History and Chair at Rutgers University-Camden. She has written extensively on American material and consumer culture, the history of capitalism, and secondary economies. Her books include In Hock: Pawning in American from Independence through the Great Depression (2009) and the co-edited volume, Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America. Her most recent book is Crap: A HIstory of Cheap Stuff in America (2020), which will be out in paperback soon. More info can be found at:

A cancer diagnosis reveals how pervasive consumerism has become, infecting even the stuff meant to heal us.

Wendy A. Woloson