The Airplane in American Culture

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The Airplane in American Culture

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 408 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780472098330
  • DDC分類 629.1300973

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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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    vii
New Directions in the History of Aviation 1 (15)
Dominick A. Pisano
The Airplane and the American Experience 16 (23)
Roger Bilstein
THE AIRPLANE: PUBLIC PERCEPTION
The Greatest Show Not on Earth: The 39 (36)
Confrontation between Utility and
Entertainment in Aviation
Dominick A. Pisano
The Man Nobody Knows: Charles A. Lindbergh 75 (30)
and the Culture of Celebrity
Charles L. Ponce de Leon
THE AIRPLANE: RACE AND GENDER
"Great Shadow in the Sky": The Airplane in 105(42)
the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921 and the
Development of African American Visions of
Aviation,1921-1926
Jill D. Snider
"Who Says It's a Man's World?": Women's Work 147(18)
and Travel in the First Decades of Flight
Suzanne L. Kolm
Experiment in the Cockpit: The Women Airforce 165(36)
Service Pilots of World War II
Katherine Sharp Landdeck
THE AIRPLANE: PERCEPTIONS OF THE LANDSCAPE,
LITERATURE, AND ART
"The Surly Bonds of Earth": Images of the 201(18)
Landscape in the Work of Some
Aviator/Authors, 1910-1969
Tom D. Crouch
The Airplane and American Literature 219(31)
Laurence Goldstein
"Our Future Is in the Air": Aviation and 250(49)
American Art
Gerald Silk
THE AIRPLANE AND THE CULTURE OF WAR
Transforming Technology in the Army Air 299(34)
Corps, 1920-1940: Technology, Politics, and
Culture for Strategic Bombing
Timothy Moy
"Peace Is Our Profession": The Bombers Take 333(24)
Over
H. Bruce Franklin
Stick and Rudder University: Training and the 357(32)
Creation of the Flight Suit Officer
John Darrell Sherwood
Bibliographic Essay 389(10)
Contributors 399(4)
Index 403