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Diners, bowling alleys, and trailer parks shed their hardscrabble origins and unsavory reputation in the postwar years, becoming places where blue-collar families announced and celebrated their arrival into the middle class. Touted as a force for egalitarianism and inclusion, they nonetheless became, more often than not, battlegrounds where deep racial, ethnic, class, gender, and generational divides were revealed.
Andrew Hurley tells this story of the humble origins, explosive growth, and gradual decline of the diner, bowling alley, and trailer park in expert fashion. This is substantial cultural and social history that also knows how to entertain as it opens a revealing window onto the larger history of post-war America.
About the Author:
Andrew Hurley is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri and author of Environmental Inequalities. He lives in St. Louis.
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|Introduction: Remaking the American Dream||1|
|Conclusion: Giving Chase||273|