The Automobile and American Life

The Automobile and American Life

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This is the story of how the automobile changed the essence of life in America. Both a general history of the automobile and a broad-ranging analysis of its cultural effects, the text addresses such topics as cars' inception as a mechanical curiosity and later a plaything for the well-to-do; Henry Ford and the rise of the machine age; competition and the evolving consumer in the 1920s; the development of roads and the accompanying road culture; religion, gender, courtship and sex; effects of the Great Depression and World War II; the 1950s golden age of automobiles and the emergence of youth culture; and how American car culture has been represented in film, song, poetry and literature.Model T: the four-door version actually had only three doors, as what appeared to be the drivera#39;s door did not open. ... section a€œHow to Run the Model T Forda€ included valve grinding, carburetor overhaul, clutch adjustment, the removal of cylinder head and transmission bands, ... Also, it is quite a contrast to compare the 1913 manual to the Model Aa#39;s 1931 Instruction Book that opens with the statement a€œLetanbsp;...

Title:The Automobile and American Life
Author:John Heitmann
Publisher:McFarland - 2009-02-22


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