Working at Play A History of Vacations in the United States

ISBN-10: 0195142349
ISBN-13: 9780195142341
Edition: 2001
Authors: Cindy S. Aron
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Book details

List price: $44.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/31/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.90" wide x 5.79" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

In Working at Play, Aron offers the first full-length history of how Americans have vacationed. In the early 19th century, Aron shows, vacations were taken for health more than for fun, as the wealthy travelled to watering places, seeking cures for everything from consumption to rheumatism. But starting in the 1850s the growth of a white-collar middle class and the expansion of railroads made vacationing a mainstream activity. Aron charts this growth with grace and insight, tracing the rise of new vacation spots as the nation and the middle class blossomed.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Inventing Vacations
Recuperation and Recreation: The Pursuit of Health and Genteel Pleasures
""Summer hotels are everywhere"": A Flood of
""No late hours, no headache in the morning"": Self-Improvement Vacations
""a jaunt... agreeable and instructive"": The Vacationer as Tourist
""Unfashionable, but for once happy!"": Camping Vacations
Into the Twentieth Century
""Vacations do not appeal to them"": Extending Vacations to the Working Class
Crossing Class and Racial Boundaries: Vacationing in the Early Twentieth Century
""It's worthwhile to get something from your holiday"": Vacationing During the Depression
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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