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Working at Play: A History of Vacations in the United States
Cindy S. Aron (au). Offers the first full length history of how Americans have vacationed -- from 18th-cent. planters who summered in Newport to 20th-cent. urban workers who headed for camps in the hills. In the early 19th cent., vacations were taken for health more than for fun, as the wealthy traveled seeking cures for everything from consumption to rheumatism. Starting in the 1850s, the growth of a white-collar middle class & the expansion of railroads made vacationing a mainstream activity. Shows how late 19th-cent. resorts became sports centers. But as vacationing grew, fears of the dangers of idleness grew with it. At the same time ‘self improvement’ vacations flourished, allowing a middle class to feel productive while at play. Illustrated.
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