The Automobile and American Life, 2d ed.

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McFarland, Aug 3, 2018 - Transportation - 291 pages
Now revised and updated, this book tells the story of how the automobile transformed American life and how automotive design and technology have changed over time. It details cars’ inception as a mechanical curiosity and later a plaything for the wealthy; racing and the promotion of the industry; Henry Ford and the advent of mass production; market competition during the 1920s; the development of roads and accompanying highway culture; the effects of the Great Depression and World War II; the automotive Golden Age of the 1950s; oil crises and the turbulent 1970s; the decline and then resurgence of the Big Three; and how American car culture has been represented in film, music and literature. Updated notes and a select bibliography serve as valuable resources to those interested in automotive history.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
The Automobile Its History and Influence and Some Contradictions
From a Mechanical Curiosity to a Plaything for the WelltoDo
2The Inscrutable Henry Ford and the Rise of the Machine Age
3The Rise of the Competition and the Consumer During the 1920s
4From Mud to the Open Road
5Religion Courtship Sex and Women Drivers
The Great Depression Aerodynamics and Cars of the Olympian Age
The 1950s in America
9The GoGo Years 19591970
10America and the Automobile During the 1970s
11The Automobile World Upside Down 19802015
The Automobile and One American Life
Chapter Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

No Time for Sergeants or Aspiring Automobile Manufacturers

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About the author (2018)

John Heitmann is a professor at the University of Dayton, where he teaches courses in the history of science and technology.

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