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Fatal Automobile Crashes in North Carolina: A Historical and Present-Day Portrait of Grief

dc.contributor.advisor Whisnant, Anne Mitchell Minai, Leanora 2021-07-26T20:13:07Z 2021-07-26
dc.description.abstract Between 1899 and 2018, nearly 3.8 million people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes on roadways in the United States. An average of 100 people died in wrecks every day in the country in 2018. There are names and faces behind the figures, but the catastrophic toll of the automobile has become normalized, dismissed as an expected consequence that comes with the symbol of freedom. This study explores the ways in which bereaved people cope and maintain bonds through practices and remembrance objects after losing a loved one in a fatal automobile crash. Through in-depth interviews with nine family members in North Carolina, and an illustrative sampling of individual and community grief expression following passenger car deaths over the past century, an original portrait is offered of the personal aftermath of deadly car crashes in North Carolina. This work is set in the broader historical context of the rise of the motor car in the United States, where significant automobile safety advances did not arrive until the late 1960s. By drawing on archival collections, as well as photographic material and historical newspaper accounts, this project offers a unique view of an area of research that has received little or insufficient study.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Automobile
dc.subject Safety
dc.subject Grief
dc.subject North Carolina
dc.subject Fatal
dc.subject Crash
dc.title Fatal Automobile Crashes in North Carolina: A Historical and Present-Day Portrait of Grief
dc.type Capstone project
dc.department Graduate Liberal Studies
duke.embargo.months 12
duke.embargo.release 2022-07-26

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