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Roadside Americans: The Rise and Fall of Hitchhiking in a Changing Nation

Jack Reid


Between the Great Depression and the mid-1970s, hitchhikers were a common sight for motorists, as American service members, students, and adventurers sought out the romance of the road in droves. Beats, hippies, feminists, and civil rights and antiwar activists saw "thumb tripping" as a vehicle for liberation, living out the counterculture's rejection of traditional values. Yet, by the time Ronald Reagan, a former hitchhiker himself, was in the White House, the youthful faces on the road chasing the ghost of Jack Kerouac were largely gone—along with sympathetic portrayals of the practice in st ... More

Keywords: Great Depression, American service members, Students, Beats, Hippies, Feminists, Activists, Ronald Reagan, Jack Kerouac, liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469655000
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655000.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Reid, author
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University