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Are We There Yet?: The Golden Age of American Family Vacations
by Susan Rugh
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 ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 12th 2008 by University Press of Kansas
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I really liked this, even when I chose to skim read some parts. If ever you have taken a true family vacation, as parent or child, then I imagine you will find some humor and some fascinating facts in here. Parts of it rang true to my experiences. Parts made me sad to know how many years racial and religious discrimination endured and the absurd lengths some families needed to go to for vacation. Add it to your list today.