Working at Play

Working at Play : A History of Vacations in the United States

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 167.64 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • numerous half tones
  • 0195142349
  • 9780195142341

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... interesting and well-written ... It opens out a neglected subject, and one whose economic and cultural importance is only now becoming apparent to conventionally-minded historians. It should attract the critical attention of social and cultural historians on both sides of the Atlantic, and beyond. * Cultural and Social History * ... accessible survey of the history of holidaymaking in the United States before the Second World War. * Cultural and Social History * The book is an original and ambitious undertaking, grounded in enterprising archival research in business records and private papers. It will be required reading in its field... * John K. Walton, Cultural and Social History *show more

About Cindy Sondik Aron

Cindy S. Aron is the author of Ladies and Gentlemen of the Civil Service: Middle Class Workers in Victorian America, and is Professor of History at the University of Virginia. She lives in Richmond, more

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