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

Cindy S. Aron


This book offers a full-length history of how Americans have vacationed. In the early 19th century, it shows that vacations were taken for health more than for fun, as the wealthy traveled 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. The book charts this growth with grace and insight, tracing the rise of new vacation spots as the nation and the middle class blossomed.

Keywords: Americans, vacations, vacationing, 19th century, middle class, railroads, vacation spots, health, cures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195142341
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142341.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cindy S. Aron, author
University of Virginia