Rugh, Susan Sessions.

Are we there yet? : the golden age of American family vacations / Susan Sessions Rugh. - Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2008. - xii, 240 p. : ill. ; 25 cm. - CultureAmerica . - Culture America. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-225) and index.

Selling the family vacation -- Pilgrimage -- Vacation without humiliation -- Western adventure -- Back to nature -- Summer in the country.

When TV celebrity Dinah Shore sang "See the USA in your Chevrolet," 1950s America took her to heart. Every summer, parents piled the kids in the back seat, threw the luggage in the trunk, and took to the open highway. Chronicling this innately American ritual, Susan Rugh presents a cultural history of the American middle-class family vacation from 1945 to 1973, tracing its evolution from the establishment of this summer tradition to its decline.

9780700615889 (cloth : alk. paper) 0700615881 (cloth : alk. paper) 9780700617593 (pbk. : alk. paper) 0700617590 (pbk. : alk. paper)


GBA889680 bnb

014670025 Uk

Family vacations--History--United States--20th century.
Family vacations--Social aspects--United States.
National characteristics, American.
Families--History--United States--20th century.

United States--Social life and customs--20th century.


E161 / .R84 2008