The Automobile and American Life

The Automobile and American Life

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This is the story of how the automobile changed the essence of life in America. Both a general history of the automobile and a broad-ranging analysis of its cultural effects, the text addresses such topics as cars' inception as a mechanical curiosity and later a plaything for the well-to-do; Henry Ford and the rise of the machine age; competition and the evolving consumer in the 1920s; the development of roads and the accompanying road culture; religion, gender, courtship and sex; effects of the Great Depression and World War II; the 1950s golden age of automobiles and the emergence of youth culture; and how American car culture has been represented in film, song, poetry and literature.John Muir and Tosh Gregg, How to Keep your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot, 16th ed. ... Publications, 1977); Thomas E. Bonsall, The Cadillac Story: The Postwar Years (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2004). ... a€œAutos: The Mess in the Garage, a€ Time 92 ( December 13, 1968): 92, 94; a€œAutos: The Repair Jungle, a€ Newsweek 72 ( December 16, 1968):anbsp;...

Title:The Automobile and American Life
Author:John Heitmann
Publisher:McFarland - 2009-02-22


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