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The Affluent Society

Marx's Philosophy

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Hola Professor Bernal and eager English 1301 Students

This LibGuide will help you through the process of research for your 600 to 950-word essay. 

1. Define Topic: What do you know? Verify with Background Info.

2. Devise Strategy: What do you want to find out? List keywords.

3. Search Sources: Look at Books, Articles, web sites, etc.


EVALUATE what you're doing: Change your keywords/database; Are you finding appropriate items?  Relevancy is the key.  

Galbraith (l), a towering figure in economics & politics

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Five essays due

Five (5) multi-paragraph essays, generated by ideas engendered in The World of Ideas.  All essays will be typed and double spaced.  (600 to 950 words each).  All essays will include primary and secondary documentation employing the MLA format.


Essay#                                Topic                                             Required Sources

Essay One                           Wealth & Poverty                            text plus one secondary source

Essay Two                           Ethics & Morality                             text plus minimum of two sources

Essay Three                        Mind                                                 text plus two or more sources

Essay Four                           Gender & Culture                            text plus three or more sources

Essay Five                            Government                                    text plus three or more sources











This way to Happiness!

Wealth & Poverty

Questions & Issues to write about.......

Choose your favorite question and/or issue based on the readings of Carnegie, Galbraith, Marx, Reich.  For example, here are eight (8) questions to ponder about Carnegie's The Gospel of Wealth:

What do you see as the problem of wealth in this age?
What were the conditions of production in the age prior to Carnegie's? (para. 3)?
What was wrong with the products of the age prior to Carnegie's?
What is the law of competition?  Is it still at work today?  Is it a law?
Is conformity an important issue for Carnegie?  Is he for or against it?
How great are the inequalities of wealth in this country today?
Why does Carnegie take a hard line on charity?  What is view on charity today?
In paragraph 7, Carnegie refers to the "highest existing type of man."  Who do you think he is referring to?  Who would mean if you used that term?

   A minimum of four (4) credible sources are required.  No Wikipedia please.  The preferred sources are:

a book
a scholarly journal article
a current article  
a primary source (your textbook is OK)

They must be cited on a Works Cited page using MLA format. 

Buena suerte (good luck)   


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Carneige's Gospel of Wealth

Galbraith's Philosophy

John Kenneth Galbraith (born 1908) was a leading scholar of the American Institutionalist school and arguably the most famous economist in the post World War II world. His views were a stinging indictment of the modern materialistic society that championed personal achievement and material well-being over public interest and needs. In spite of these views, he served as an advisor in both the American and Canadian governments from the 1930s onward.

Source Citation

"John Kenneth Galbraith." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Detroit: Gale, 1998. Biography in Context. Web. 19 Aug. 2016.
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