A Social History of Swimming Pools in AmericaeBook - 2007
From nineteenth-century public baths to today's private backyard havens, swimming pools have long been a provocative symbol of American life. In this social and cultural history of swimming pools in the United States, Jeff Wiltse relates how, over the years, pools have served as asylums for the urban poor, leisure resorts for the masses, and private clubs for middle-class suburbanites. As sites of race riots, shrinking swimsuits, and conspicuous leisure, swimming pools reflect many of the tensions and transformations that have given rise to modern America.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 
Copyright Date: ©2007
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 276 pages) : illustrations