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The Road to Nowhere

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Ian1 Comment

Having been born well after the 1930’s I had often wondered how the idea of travel especially the idea of vacations became tied to the american way of life. One thing the past readings have shown is that the idea of traveling as a form of relaxation was not present in writings from traveling authors who visited and wrote about …

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The Commodification of Travel.

In The Travel Habit, WPA guidebooks by IanLeave a Comment

It is clear when looking at the travel guides were used for the commodification of differences. Before the government initiative of the travel guides the difference in lifestyles was already present in modern literature and art, artists were already using the cultural hardships of others to get ahead. But the travel guides went a step farther in, “it transforms local …

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The Faultless

In The Travel Habit, Photo-Text books by IanLeave a Comment

You Haven’t Seen Their Faces both glorifies and victimizes the impoverished of the south. “Mark against the South its failure to preserve its own culture and its refusal to accept the culture of the East and West.” Science and education have long been the enemy of southern culture. Agriculture in the North although it was on a much smaller scale …

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Money for Nothing

In The Travel Habit, Steinbeck (1) by IanLeave a Comment

The Grapes of Wrath is a telling narrative that displays the stark distinctions between those the government paid to travel and those the government made travel. Although both portray an endless stubborn optimism of the down-trodden Steinbeck is able to explain in his narrative the truth about their optimism. It was a survival trait not a trust in the world …

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Choosy Beggars

In The Travel Habit, Kromer by Ian1 Comment

Kromer’s Pity the Poor Panhandler shows how comfortable in almost every occasion the more affluent class is at taking resources from the more needy class. The fact that people who did not need to panhandle chose to panhandle in order to find a solution to the problem of the poor and needy begging for money paints a perfect picture of …

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Money for Nothing

In The Travel Habit, West (2) by Ian1 Comment

In reading ‘Struggling Upward’ Graham discusses the obvious philosophy in A Cool Million that West reasoning “is to destroy the “rags to riches” story popularized by Horatio Alger”. However, it could also be looked at as a pro-class stabilizing novel. Especially considering how “West emphasized the human costs implicit in the illusion that ambition, hard work, and thrift will automatically …

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Satire is as American as Apple Pie and Racial Tensions

In The Travel Habit, West (1) by IanLeave a Comment

A Cool Million reads as a great cartoon depiction of the 1930’s. The broad generalized characters and themes felt like something depicted in the Sunday newspaper. With all the empathy floating around in the 1930’s towards farmers in the impoverished flyover states it was nice to read West flipping around power structures to show that the big cities were just …

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Searching for Worse

In Writers on the Road (1), The Travel Habit by IanLeave a Comment

  In “Revolt in South Dakota” the traveling writers are posturing, there is a pretentiousness bordering on a quasi-ethnocentricity. It is reminiscent of sociologists studying third-world countries. The author’s veil of objectivity is met with pity and apathy of these small town people left behind by the industrial age. The author’s traveled to the dustbowl for self affirmation, the economy …