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by Cindy Sondik Aron

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.
Download Working at Play: A History of Vacations in the United States epub
ISBN: 0756766222
ISBN13: 978-0756766221
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Cindy Sondik Aron
Language: English
Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press (January 1, 1999)
Pages: 324 pages
ePUB size: 1630 kb
FB2 size: 1352 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 603
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The book was in excellent condition and came in a timely manner. This was a book for class, so the subject matter did not enhance or detrimentally affect this transaction.
As soon as I first spotted this book I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed! The author covers approximately a 150 year period ending around 1940. She brings to the reader many fascinating aspects surrounding not only the types of vacations (e.g. religious retreats, resorts for the wealthy, camping, etc.), but perhaps more importantly, the psychological aspects of vacationing in America. Aron describes, in a reflection of the book's title, how the working class had to break the thought process that working was the only way of life; vacationing -- or "play" -- took a number of years to become an acceptable practice. I especially found interesting the role of religion in the acceptance, or non-acceptance, of vacationing. The book was very well researched and, in my opinion, is well worth the investment. "Working at Play" is a wonderful look at American society. There were many times as I was reading the book that I would just pause and reflect on the subject matter, thinking to myself "Now that's something that I would have never even thought about."
This book should have been titled "Working At Play, A History of Vacations on The EAST COAST." It seems this writer either mistated the title or took the position of east coast writers of 100 years ago and neglected to mention that there are American states west of the Mississippi (there is one mention of Yellowstone Nat'l Park). I purchased this book in hopes of learning about vacationing across the U.S. and the great migration of vacationers to the warmer climates of the west coast.

In spite of missing half the country, Ms. Aron did assemble some interesting and well researched material on American vacations. It's a good read if you are primarily interested in the New England states.