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Humanity on the Open Road

In Writers on the Road (1), The Travel Habit by Madison1 Comment

Travel has always been a deeply human activity. The purpose of travel is often related back to individual introspection or external observation. Thus, it only fits that travel in the 1930s was intrinsically tied to human interaction. On the road, crossing paths with others was inevitable – especially in the age in which the United States seemed to be one …

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Traveling to Prosperity

In Writers on the Road (1), The Travel Habit by Khirad3 Comments

Louis Adamic’s “Girl on the Road” is a story that deals with constant movement. Hazel has been cheated and lied to, hurt by the “Bulls” outside of LA, robbed by her own husband, and according to Adamic, wronged by the capitalist society she was born into. While there are some people that traveled America as a leisurely activity at this …

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Beyond Choosing Sides: US Government in the Early 1900s

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

The backdrop of American government in the early 1900s can be described as a shift from the celebration of free market capitalism to the introduction of a responsive government/legal body that imposes regulations. Landmark cases like Lochner v. New York (1905) and NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. (1937) illustrate this transition. In Lochner, the Supreme Court abolished a New York statute limiting …

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The Theatricalization of the Other: On the Privilege of Great Depression Writers

In Writers on the Road (1), The Travel Habit by WaxS2 Comments

Writers were deployed by various magazines and newspapers—indeed, even by the government—to get a sense of what the United States looked like “on the ground” during the Great Depression, gathering the stories of people across the country as they travelled. Sherwood Anderson in the introductory chapter of his Puzzled America (1935) writes that he “[does] not often enough get the …