The Republic Of Drivers : A Cultural History Essay

1320 Words Nov 12th, 2015 6 Pages
Driving in America has been a staple of being an American for decades. People have used cars as transportation to get places since the beginning of the 20th century. Getting a driver’s license has always been a great achievement for someone, knowing they can be free and go places they want to travel to. In the novel Republic of Drivers: A Cultural History of Automobility in America by Cotten Seiler, he talks about how the automobile has changed in the sense that the car has made Americans have more freedom in driving and it raises their confidence with going about their everyday lives. Driving has done wonders for the United States, and it will continue to do so as long as there are people buying cars. In America in the turn of the 20th century, and still today, women and blacks have fought for equal rights when it comes to many things. In America, automobility has affected women in many ways, first being that they can have the freedom from their husbands and get out of the house and feel equal to men. In the 20th Century, women were thought to stay in the house and do work such as clean, cook and take care of the children. With the automobile, they could go out and enjoy time for themselves, and to do some errands. “The Gendered images and rhetoric’s of driving from this era help us chart this changing perception of the automobile, but
Reiter 2 they also help us narrate the changing status of American women” (51). It showed us the potential of the car, and it also went…

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