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The automobile and American life

Author: John Alfred Heitmann
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"This book tells how the automobile transformed American life and how design and technology have changed. Subjects include Henry Ford and the advent of mass production; the development of roads and highway; effects of the Great Depression and World War II; and how American car culture has been represented in film, music and literature"--
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Alfred Heitmann
ISBN: 9781476669359 147666935X
OCLC Number: 1039206797
Description: x, 281 pages ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction: the automobile, its history and influence, and some contradictions --
Beginnings : from a mechanical curiosity to a plaything for the well-to-do --
The inscrutable Henry Ford and the rise of the machine age --
The rise of the competition and the consumer during the 1920s --
From mud to the open road --
Religion, courtship, sex, and women drivers --
The interwar years : the great depression, aerodynamics, and cars of the olympian age --
World War II and the reconversion economy : no time for sergeants or aspiring automobile manufacturers --
The golden age of the automobile : the 1950s in America --
The go-go years, 1959-1970 --
America and the automobile during the 1970s --
The automobile world upside down, 1980-2015 --
Epilogue: the automobile and one American life --
Chapter notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: John Heitmann.

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Revised edition of the author's The automobile and American life, c2009.  Read more...

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