U. S. 40: A Roadscape of the American Experience

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Schlereth has long been urging historians to include physical artifacts as historical documents. Here, he has sought to write the 160-year history of Indiana's main east-west road through examination of various material objects, such as road markers, signs, motels, and, especially, photographs. The book is weakest on the history of the old National Road and far stronger on the 20th century. This reflects the absence and presence of photographic evidence. Schlereth ambitiously calls his approach ``above-ground archaeology'' and shows how interested readers can similarly ``read'' highways as ``outdoor museums.'' Readers will enjoy Schlereth's ingenious use of material culture for research, but some may wonder if artifacts can offer much of an answer to the ``why'' of history. Recommended for college and larger public libraries. James W. Oberly, History Dept., Univ. of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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