The Airplane in American Culture

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Dominick Pisano
University of Michigan Press, 2003 - Всего страниц: 407
Few journeys have had as great an impact on American culture as Orville Wright's first flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903--a twelve-second, one-hundred-twenty-foot trip that has captivated American thought and influenced American life ever since.
Although countless books for aviation buffs have appeared since World War II, none has attempted to place the airplane in its full social, cultural, and interdisciplinary context until now. The first book of its kind, The Airplane in American Culture presents essays by distinguished contributors including historians, literary scholars, scholars of American studies, art historians, and museum professionals that explore a range of topics, including the connections between flying and race and gender; aviation's role in forming perceptions of the landscape; the airplane's significance to the culture of war; and the influence of flight on literature and art.
A must-read collection for anyone fascinated by the airplane, The Airplane in American Culture represents a dramatic new approach to writing the history of aviation, and makes an important contribution to American social and cultural history.
Dominick A. Pisano is Curator of the Aeronautics Department at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.

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New Directions in the History of Aviation
1
The Airplane and the American Experience
16
PUBLIC PERCEPTION
37
The Confrontation between Utility and Entertainment in Aviation
39
Charles A Lindbergh and the Culture of Celebrity
75
RACE AND GENDER
103
The Airplane in the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 and the Development of African American Visions of Aviation 19211926
105
Womens Work and Travel in the First Decades of Flight
147
The Airplane and American Literature
219
Aviation and American Art
250
THE AIRPLANE AND THE CULTURE OF WAR
297
Technology Politics and Culture for Strategic Bombing
299
The Bombers Take Over
333
Training and the Creation of the Flight Suit Officer
357
Bibliographic Essay
389
Contributors
399

The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II
165
PERCEPTIONS OF THE LANDSCAPE LITERATURE AND ART
199
Images of the Landscape in the Work of Some Aviator I Authors 19101969
201

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