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Author Seiler, Cotten.
Title Republic of drivers : a cultural history of automobility in America / Cotten Seiler.
Imprint Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Author Seiler, Cotten.
Subject Automobiles -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
National characteristics, American.
Social values -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
United States -- Civilization -- 20th century.
Description 1 online resource (x, 230 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 155-215) and index.
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.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780226745657 (electronic bk.)
0226745651 (electronic bk.)
9780226745633 (cloth ; alk. paper)
9780226745640 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0226745635 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0226745643 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9786612070228
OCLC # 435816611
Additional Format Print version: Seiler, Cotten. Republic of drivers. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008 9780226745633 9780226745640 (DLC) 2008006413 (OCoLC)212010622


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