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The family road trip, perhaps best immortalized by the Griswold family in the film National Lampoon's Vacation, is the subject here taken up by Rugh (history, Brigham Young Univ.; Our Common Country). From the end of World War II to the 1973 oil crisis, the U.S. summer family vacation was an American staple, fueled by postwar prosperity, the increased prevalence of car ownership, and more liberal vacation benefits. Here, Rugh explores the different types of vacation destinations-from dude ranches and theme parks to family camping sites and the National Park System-revealing not only the factors that led to the creation of such places but also how they came to define the postwar consumer society and the nuclear family. She also looks at how the difficulties Jews and African Americans encountered traveling in a segregated society led to their developing their own travel industry and culture. (African American travel played a role in the Civil Rights Movement, as travelers demanded equal access to hotels, restaurants, and national parks.) Well researched and a valuable addition to the study of 20th-century popular culture and history; recommended for academic and larger public libraries.
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