The American Amusement Park Industry : A History Of Technology And Thrills

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Adams, Judith. The American Amusement Park Industry: A History of Technology and Thrills. Boston: Twayne, 1991. Print. This source describes the evolving industry of American amusement parks starting with the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, as well as World War II and how amusement park withstood different times. Adams makes a great argument that it all seems so frivolous, that the average American can be enticed by something so routine made out of a simple combination of “gears, wood (or metal), and speed” (13). In addition, Adams reflects on the history of amusement parks and roller coasters. Arguing that the roaring twenties “became the golden age of the roller coaster” because of the numerous thrill seekers, she also cites the increased use of the automobile that provided the same excitement (17). Next, she focuses on how the great depression and world War II halted roller coasters and amusement parks because of the scarcity of money as well as the rationing of wood and rubber. This source provides information of how the different time periods affected amusement parks as a whole either good or bad. Adams book is very useful, focusing on amusement parks and family leisure in the 20th century, as well as how the major world events impacted the attendance and staying power in these times.

Alter, Judy. Amusement Parks: Roller Coasters, Ferris Wheels, and Cotton Candy. New York: F. Watts, 1997. Print. This very informative source touches many different subjects of…

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