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Hitchhiking was not invented by the counterculture. For many decades after the introduction of the automobile, hitching rides was perfectly mainstream. In the days when few people owned cars, giving a ride to someone who needed one was simply the decent thing to do. During the Depression, a lift was a means of helping out the less fortunate. And once the war broke out, picking up hitchhikers became nothing less than patriotic duty, since soldiers often thumbed their way to or from their bases. Emily Post even sanctioned the practice for young women who had jobs in the defense industry–though she suggested drivers and hitchers restrict their conversations to impersonal topics, like the weather. … -Ginger Strand, Killer on the Road: Violence and the American Interstate
Fiction Writing Prompt: Write a story or poem about hitchhiking.
Journaling Prompt: Have you ever hitchhiked or picked up a hitchhiker? Write about your feelings about hitchhiking and hitchhiking.
Art Prompt: Hitchhiker
Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Write about the changes in society that have rendered hitchhiking a dangerous activity.
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