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American Freedom: Sinclair Lewis and the Open Road

- March 22, 2017 in america, automobile, car, first road trip novel, free air, freedom, Literature, On the Road, road trip, sinclair lewis, travel, united states

Some three decades before Kerouac and friends hit the road, Sinclair Lewis published Free Air, one of the very first novels about an automobile-powered road trip across the United States. Steven Michels looks at the particular vision of freedom espoused in the tale, one echoed throughout Lewis’ oeuvre. Sinclair Lewis at the wheel of his automobile, ca. 1920s — Source. Sinclair Lewis is experiencing a renaissance of late — butâ�¦

Freedom Highway (1956)

- May 22, 2012 in america, bus, Films, Films: 1950s, Films: Ephemeral, Films: Short, freedom, greyhound, non-article, patriotism, tex ritter



In this film from the Prelinger Archives, a Greyhound bus rides from San Fransisco to Washington D.C, transporting us at the same time through the landscape of American mythology (and unwavering patriotism). The cast of bus riders include: Fred Schroder who, embittered by the death of his son in Korea, is riding to Washington to accept a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor on the son’s behalf; Jimmy Rollins, a Scout, heading to Washington for his first Jamboree; Mary (a young Angie Dickinson) and Bill Roberts, a basketball star on the make; actor and country star Tex Ritter, playing himself, taking a short ride on the bus as it passes through Texas, singing about the Alamo and the “freedom road.”; and most importantly, a black-suited mysterious stranger who appears, as if from nowhere, to transform the outlook of the passengers. Greyhound Lines and America have never looked so good. Winner of the Freedoms Foundation Special Award.

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