Dirt Roads to Dixie

Accessibility and Modernization in the South, 1885-1935

  • Author(s): Preston, Howard Lawrence
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  • Imprint: Univ Tennessee Press
  • Publication Date: 1991-03-01
  • Status: Active
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Preston details the highway to interstate process from the early auto pioneers who made their way through the region on rough-and-tumble dirt roads, to tin-can tourists who lugged ingenious miniature versions of their households with them, to today’s South where glittering office complexes are as much a part of the cultural landscape as dog-trot houses and kudzu.

“Professor Preston has written an illuminating essay on the good roads movement and automobile tourism in the early twentieth-century South.”
—Dewey W. Grantham, Vanderbilt University