SAT Subject US History Practice Question 216: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 216

17. The phrase "conspicuous consumption" was first used to describe the upper classes during the

A. 1890s
B. 1920s
C. 1940s
D. 1960s
E. 1980s

Correct Answer: A


The social historian Thorstein Veblen coined this phrase in 1899 in Theory of the Leisure Classes.

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