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Get up and Go!: The History of American Road Travel
     

Get up and Go!: The History of American Road Travel

by Sylvia Whitman
 
Energy shortages, traffic jams, and air pollution have put a damper on road travel in recent decades. Even so, America's love of the open road lives on.Get Up And Go chronicles this romance with the road, from dusty backcountry trails to high-tech superhighways. Come along for an interesting ride!

Overview

Energy shortages, traffic jams, and air pollution have put a damper on road travel in recent decades. Even so, America's love of the open road lives on.Get Up And Go chronicles this romance with the road, from dusty backcountry trails to high-tech superhighways. Come along for an interesting ride!

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Florence M. Munat
How did the 1906 San Francisco earthquake help convince Americans that automobiles were more than luxury items for the wealthy? (When railroad tracks collapsed during the quake, cars were used to evacuate the injured and ferry in supplies for the survivors.) How did Conestoga wagons influence the custom of right-hand side of the road driving in the United States? (The driver stood on a plank on the left side of the wagon, so he kept right for a clearer view of the road.) This addition to the People's History series is the story of how developments in transportation have changed life in America. The book is full of fascinating information such as the two above examples. The first three chapters cover transportation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries-from foot travel on Indian paths, to Conestoga wagons used to transport freight, to passenger stagecoaches, to overland migrations by ox-drawn flatbed wagons. In the late nineteenth century, Americans hooked on the new bicycle fad or entranced by motorcars joined a growing movement that pressed for improved roads. The last three chapters are devoted to the evolution of gasoline-powered vehicles and the explosion of highway construction in the twentieth century. Whitman describes how our reliance on automobile travel has affected where we live, shop, vacation, and even how we view our own sense of freedom and mobility. Sepia photographs of various modes of transportation appear on almost every two-page spread, enhancing the readable and informative text. Eye-catching cover art features a pink-and-white 1950s sedan with whitewall tires and sponge dice dangling from the rear view mirror. The book is chock-full of anecdotes and quotations from primary source material. Because the subject matter falls outside usual research paper topics, you may need to steer readers to it. But anyone interested in the history of the automobile, transportation, and technological and social history in general, will be well rewarded by reading this delightful volume. It's the kind of book that makes students fall in love with history. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal
Gr 6-8A factual narrative of historical changes in transportation and their impact on American society. Fascinating insights emerge from the chronological account of inventions, federal acts of legislation, and methods of road building. Whitman's story embraces all of America's history, from the time of Indian trails to modern superhighways. The two-page bibliography contains adult titles and the index offers a menu of subjects for reports. This series entry updates and consolidates many aspects of transportation in America that have been addressed separately in earlier publications. Sepia photos and reproductions appear on almost every page and enhance the text.Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822517351
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Series:
People's History Ser.
Pages:
88
Product dimensions:
7.64(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.52(d)
Lexile:
1100L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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