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Roadside Americans : the rise and fall of hitchhiking in a changing nation

Author: Jack Reid
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2020]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Between the Great Depression and the mid-1970s, hitchhikers were a common sight for motorists, as American service members, students, and adventurers sought out the romance of the road in droves. Beats, hippies, feminists, and civil rights and antiwar activists saw 'thumb tripping' as a vehicle for liberation, living out the counterculture's rejection of traditional values. Yet, by the time Ronald Reagan, a former  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Reid
ISBN: 9781469655000 1469655004
OCLC Number: 1119068504
Description: 251 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : You never have to drive very far to find a hitchhiker --
Chapter 1. Brother, can you spare a ride? Hitchhiking in the Great Depression, 1928-1940 --
Chapter 2. It's easy for a soldier boy to catch rides : Hitchhiking during World War II, 1941-1947 --
Chapter 3. The dangerous stranger : Hitchhiking in the age of affluence, 1948-1959 --
Chapter 4. An unfiltered dose of the human condition : Hitchhiking and the pursuit of authenticity, 1960-1967 --
Chapter 5. Riders on the storm : Countercultural hitchhiking and conservative resistance, 1968-1975 --
Chapter 6. Goin' down the road feelin' bad : The decline of hitchhiking, 1976-1988 --
Epilogue : Something has changed --
Acknowledgments --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Responsibility: Jack Reid.


Traces the rise and fall of hitchhiking, offering vivid accounts of life on the road and how the act of soliciting rides from strangers, and the attitude toward hitchhikers in American society,  Read more...


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