Date of Award
Bachelor of arts (BA)
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
This paper explores the connection between historical soap advertisements and perceptions of race. It begins by exploring the history of advertising, beauty, and the Industrial Revolution. It analyzes four advertisements, three from the late nineteenth century and one from the early twenty-first century. It discusses the link between racial perceptions and acceptance of “The White Man’s Burden.” The focus of this paper is on soap brands owned by the contemporary company Unilever.
Parker, Michelle I., "The Truth is in the Lye: Soap, Beauty, and Ethnicity in British Soap Advertisements." (2014). History Undergraduate Theses. 7.