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1 Fantastic Filling Stations

Motorbooks International

310645 
Price: 14.95 USD

 
Reading the Road: U.S. 40 and the American Landscape


2 Reading the Road: U.S. 40 and the American Landscape

1997 176 pp., Illustrations , paperback / softcover, University of Tennessee Press
Once known as the National Highway, U.S. 40 has long been a major east-west route across America. In this fascinating and profusely illustrated book, Thomas J. Schlereth explores the historic landscapes and cultural legacies that are evident alongside the 156 miles of the highway that bisect central Indiana.
Now updated for this paperback edition, Reading the Road was originally published in 1985 under the title U.S. 40: A Roadscape of the American Experience and was hailed at that time as a pioneering study in "above-ground archaeology." As Schlereth explains in his new introduction, the book works on many levels. "It is," he writes, "a brief history of American road transportation, a primer for investigating the past and present of the contemporary landscape, a portfolio of documentary photography from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and a personal assessment of the cultural role that the road has played in the American experience." Schlereth's innovative approach allows the reader to see the highway "as a mammoth outdoor museum of American history."
In Part I, the author shows how the extant physical evidence of any American road can be interpreted in a way that illuminates its historical development and contemporary meaning. Part II applies those interpretive techniques to the Indiana section of U.S. 40, focusing on four historical periods: the highway's "National Road" era (1827-49); the time frame of its private highway associations (1850-1925); its resurgence as part of the national numbered highway system (1925-present); and its role since the advent of the Interstate era (1960-present). In Part III, Schlereth reviews the scholarship on American highways, including bibliographical resources that he consulted in his original research as well as new studies published since the book's original appearance.
Whether discussing the historic architecture of Centerville, Indiana (which forms what Schlereth calls an "epitome district"), or the evolution of the motor inn, the author continually presents familiar places in a new light. Landscape historians, cultural geographers, students of material culture, architectural historians, and, indeed, anyone with an interest in America's built environment will welcome this new edition of Schlereth's groundbreaking work.

About Author
Thomas J. Schlereth is professor of American studies and professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. A contributing editor to the Journal of American History, he is the author or editor of numerous books, including Victorian America and Cultural History and Material Culture.

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"Thomas Schlereth . . . opens our eyes to one of the nation's first and most fascinating highways and helps us see things the interstate highways will never allow." —James H. Madison, Indiana University
499459 
Price: 24.95 USD

 
 
Stage-Coach and Tavern Days, Alice Morse Earle


3 Stage-Coach and Tavern Days
Alice Morse Earle
(1900), 2007, 5˝x8˝, paper, index, 520 pp, Heritage Books, Inc
A comprehensive study, both light-hearted and serious, of the enormous role of taverns and modes of travel in colonial culture. Some of the chapters discuss the Puritan ordinary, the tavern landlord, tavern fare and tavern ways, signs and symbols, the tavern in war, packhorse and conestoga wagon, early stage-coaches and other vehicles, the romance of the road, the pains of stage-coach travel, knights of the road and tavern ghosts. A fun, fascinating book!
E0820 
Price: 36.50 USD

 
Law for the Elephant: Property & Social Behavior on the Overland Trail, John Phillip Reid


4 Law for the Elephant: Property & Social Behavior on the Overland Trail
John Phillip Reid
448 pages, 6 x 9, 1 map, 7 line illustrations, Huntington Library
For most of their journey, travelers on the overland trail to California in the 1840s and 1850s were beyond the reach of the law and its enforcers, the police and the courts. Yet, not only did the law play a large role in life on the trail, it was a law hardly distinguishable from the one the emigrants had left behind. John Phillip Reid demonstrates how seriously overlanders regarded the rights of property and personal ownership when they went west as he explores their diaries, letters, and memoirs, giving an unusually rich and vivid picture of life on the overland trail.

About Author
John Phillip Reid, Russell D. Niles Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, is the author of Policing the Elephant, Chief Justice: The Judicial World of Charles Doe and A Law of Blood: The Primitive Law of the Cherokee Nation, among many other works.

Reviews
"Reid's research makes it clear from a cultural, political, and legal standpoint that respect for property and law was deep-seated in Americans. . . . A masterful example of the application of behavioral perspectives and legal analysis to a historical problem."--Reviews in American History
"Law for the Elephantis a significant and timely contribution to the maturing scholarship of American legal history. Fortunately, for the legal historians and scholars of the American frontier, John Reid, who must have 'seen the Elephant' more than once in blazing his own overland trail in quest of the sources for this book, proved as disciplined and imaginative as the emigrants he studies."--Kermit L. Hall, Detroit College of Law Review

"One need not be a lawyer, a student of the law, or a legal historian to enjoy this book, for its style and appeal are broad. . . . highly recommended and belongs on the 'must read' list for anyone interested in the westward movement."--Utah Historical Quarterly

"Reid has been incredibly imaginative in discovering the sources for law on the overland trail, and his pioneering work is likely to open up an entirely new field in the study of the American legal experience. This is a splendid and marvelously readable book."--Stanley N. Katz, Princeton University
281640 
Price: 15.00 USD

 


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