Hip to the Trip A Cultural History of Route 66

ISBN-10: 0826341942

ISBN-13: 9780826341945

Edition: 2007

Authors: Peter B. Dedek
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Description: Before and since its official closure in 1985, historic U.S. 66 became associated with the deserts, Indians, and cowboys of the Southwest, the "Okies" of the Great Depression, and the millions of vacationers who took to the highway in their streamlined automobiles and found adventure on the open road from the late 1940s to the 1970s. Route 66 has such name recognition that in the past twenty years it has been used to advertise products ranging from blue jeans, to root beer, to automobiles. The highway enjoyed only about thirty years of dominance as a primary auto and truck route from 1926 to around 1956. Gradually replaced by interstates into the 1980s, Route 66 became forever fixed in the history and lore of the Southwest and the United States. Route 66 provides a unique vantage point from which to better understand American popular culture from the 1920s to the present. The purpose of this book is not to simply recount the history of Route 66, but to create a comprehensive portrait of the cultural meaning of the highway. What was Route 66 at its pinnacle, what is it today, and what might it become in the future?

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List price: $14.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 4/16/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 179
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Peter B. Dedek, PhD, ASID, is Associate Professor of Interior Design at Texas State University-San Marcos where he has taught History of Design and History of Architecture courses as well as a graduate-level course in Historic Preservation within the Department of History. He holds a Doctorate in History with a concentration in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University, Master's and Bachelor's degrees from Cornell University and a certificate in historic preservation from the University of New Orleans. Dedek qualifies as an architectural historian under the National Park Service guidelines. His professional background is centered on historic preservation and residential design, working in the Division of Architecture at the Texas Historical Commission in Austin for several years and for Michael Emrick, AIA, a preservation architect in Nashville, Tennessee.

Introduction : why Route 66?
"Wild" lands and "tamed" indians : cultural stereotypes and Route 66
The rise of celebrity : a short history of Route 66
The fall and rise of Route 66
Postmodern nostalgia : Route 66 has run out of kicks
Saving the mythic ruins
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