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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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Voyage through time, through life

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by EsabelleYC1 Comment

Double-crossing America is a storybook written by Roland Wild; he uses an English writer in the first voice to describe the challenges faced by a group of people as they venture outside America. However, Double-crossing America derives its epic scope from how the antagonist in the story and other characters such as Bill and Susan manages to overcome challenges as …

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Nowhere, USA

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Aadi1 Comment

When I saw that James Agee wrote “American Roadside”, I thought this piece would be similar to his “Let Us Praise Famous Men,” but I was pleasantly surprised to see that this piece was much different.  It is a journalistic piece that was written for Fortune magazine (as was “Let Us Praise Famous Men” but I think the difference is …

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Travel, The Hottest New Trend

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by MadisonLeave a Comment

In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck wrote about suffering and community in a quest for a better life in California. In A Cool Million, West dismantled the Horatio Alger typecast: perpetual optimism in context of man’s journey to success through hard work and dedication. In Waiting for Nothing, Kromer highlights the grim existence of nomadic stiffs simply fighting for survival …

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The Fabricated Travel Industry

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Lu Maw2 Comments

It is quite shocking to suddenly read about the other travel story of this era – those of employed workers and the social elite who travel for “leisure”. Berkowitz’s piece on mass tourism sheds light on the huge role tourism played in the development of corporate culture and the sustainment of local communities during the depression years. Despite the original …

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We Need A Break

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Jaxx2 Comments

It’s a phrase we’ve all uttered at least once in our lives. Hell, I’ve sighed, screamed, and cried out that phrase at least three times this school year. Where we are today, vacations are part of life. Schools have a few blocked out each year, the calendars filled with excited doodles of Christmas trees or beach umbrellas. Workers get vacation …

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When Tourism Becomes An Expectation

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by VeronicaLeave a Comment

In “A ‘New Deal’ For Leisure,” the author, Michael Berkowitz, discusses the rise of paid vacation as an economic tactic to push people towards tourism. The idea was that given paid vacation, white-collared workers and their families would be encouraged to spend money traveling and basking in the sights of America. As a result, this spending on tourism would hopefully …

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Relax to Stress

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Snacks2 Comments

Much of my high school arts education and college liberal arts education has consisted of developing techniques to read between the lines. How can one challenge the status quo, and furthermore, how can one challenge the boundaries of challenging status quo? How can one critique instead of criticize? As a result of this education, I am skeptical of every facet of …

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Romanticization of American Travel

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Laura2 Comments

Throughout the readings of describing tourism in the United States, the authors talk about the highway and the rough travel while they cover thousands of miles in a car or caravan. It seems as though each piece, specifically Ronald Wild’s Double Crossing America and James Agee’s The American Roadside, discuss the conditions of travel as incredibly unpleasant. The most common …

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The Role of The Worker in Popularizing Travel

In The Travel Habit, Tourism during the Depression by Khirad1 Comment

The development of the travel habit is often credited to the role of consumerism and new markets dedicated to the promotion of travel throughout America. A quote from Don Thomas, one of the leaders of the tourism promotional industry during this time, summarized this when he said that “the travel habit was not born with most Americans. It’s an acquired …