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Author Seiler, Cotten.

Title Republic of drivers : a cultural history of automobility in America / Cotten Seiler
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (x, 230 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: Automobility and American subjectivity -- Individualism, Taylorization, and the crisis of Republican selfhood -- Workmen's compensation, women's emancipation: the promise of automobility, 1895-1929 -- Crafting autonomous subjects: automobility and the cold war -- "So that we as a race might have something authentic to travel by": African American automobility and midcentury liberalism -- "How can the driver be remodeled?" : automobility and the liberal subject -- Conclusion: Automobility's futures
Summary Rising gas prices, sprawl and congestion, global warming, even obesity--driving is a factor in many of the most contentious issues of our time. So how did we get here? How did automobile use become so vital to the identity of Americans? Republic of Drivers looks back at the period between 1895 and 1961--from the founding of the first automobile factory in America to the creation of the Interstate Highway System--to find out how driving evolved into a crucial symbol of freedom and agency. Cotten Seiler combs through a vast number of historical, social scientific, philosophical, and literary source
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-215) and index
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Subject Automobiles -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
National characteristics, American.
Social values -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Civilization -- 20th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226745651 (electronic bk.)
9780226745657 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)