Are We There Yet?: The Golden Age of American Family Vacations

Are We There Yet?: The Golden Age of American Family Vacations

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by Susan Sessions Rugh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0700617590

ISBN-13: 9780700617593

Pub. Date: 10/28/2010

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

"When TV celebrity Dinah Shore sang "See the USA in your Chevrolet," 1950s America took her to heart. Every summer, parents piled the kids in the back seat, threw the luggage in the trunk, and took to the open highway. Chronicling this innately American ritual, Susan Rugh presents a cultural history of the American middle-class family vacation from 1945 to 1973,…  See more details below

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"When TV celebrity Dinah Shore sang "See the USA in your Chevrolet," 1950s America took her to heart. Every summer, parents piled the kids in the back seat, threw the luggage in the trunk, and took to the open highway. Chronicling this innately American ritual, Susan Rugh presents a cultural history of the American middle-class family vacation from 1945 to 1973, tracing its evolution from the establishment of this summer tradition to its decline." "The first in-depth look at post-World War II family travel, Rugh's study recounts how postwar prosperity and mass consumption - abetted by paid vacation leave, car ownership, and the new interstate highway system - forged the ritual of the family road trip and how that ritual became entwined with what it meant to be on American." Rugh's book allows readers to relive those wondrous wanderings across the American landscape and to better understand how they helped define an essential aspect of American culture. Notwithstanding the rueful memories of discomforts and squabbles in a crowded car, those were magical times for many of the nation's families.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700617593
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
10/28/2010
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Selling the Family Vacation 15

2 Pilgrimage 41

3 Vacation without Humiliation 68

4 Western Adventure 92

5 Back to Nature 118

6 Summer in the Country 154

Epilogue 180

Notes 185

Bibliography 215

Index 227

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Are We There Yet?: The Golden Age of American Family Vacations 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book, having traveled with my family in the late 1950's to some of the places she described. I had forgotten some of the details she mentioned and it's been fun reliving them. This would be a great book to take to a family gathering as a conversation starter. Since the book had so many references I appreciated the ease in looking up sources at the back of the book. It's been a great summer read!