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BV students trace how cars have changed U.S. society

Tuesday, January 30, 2001

The automobile has definitely played a role in changing the social fabric of America - and one Buena Vista University professor took his interim class on a drive through the history of the automobile.

"In a larger sense, the automobile was changing the community and family dynamic," said Dr. Kline Capps, BVU professor of education.

Most notably, the auto conquered distance. "Instead of people sitting on porches visiting with their neighbors, people got in their vehicle and took a ride," Capps said.

The automobile changed social relationships, he said, such as the community dance. Instead of people attending one in their community, with the introduction of the auto people could easily drive to the next town to the new roadside dance hall for that community's dance.

Capps also joked about how the automobile took courtship out of the family parlor and into the backseat of an automobile.

Read the rest of this article in the 1/30 Pilot Tribune.

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