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Winnebago Nation: The RV in American Culture

James Twitchell


This book takes a light-hearted look at the culture and industry behind the yearning to spend the night in one's car. For the young the roadtrip is a coming-of-age ceremony; for those later in life it is the realization of a lifelong desire to be spontaneous, nomadic, and free. Informed by personal experiences on the road, the book recounts the RV's origins and evolution over the twentieth century; its rise, fall, and rebirth as a cultural icon; its growing mechanical complexity as it evolved from an estate wagon to a converted bus to a mobile home; and its role in bolstering and challenging c ... More

Keywords: coming of age, roadtrip, RV, mobile home, American identity, American exceptionalism, RV communities, mobile cities, recreational vehicle

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231167789
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Twitchell, author