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But even before the development of the Interstate Highway System, Americans had the Wanderlust. You could argue that it goes back to the very beginnings of the country, as people left the East Coast to move Westward into the Wilderness (“” urged Horace Greeley in 1865, by which time there were already well-traveled trails to the West.) And veterans, when they returned from Europe and Japan after WWII, were eager to get on the road and see the country, or simply leave their place of origin behind and seek a new start elsewhere.Who can forget the television show, (1960-63), a show that celebrated travel and the freedom associated with it? But it is Jack Kerouac’s vision of the American need to keep moving and keep moving on that is perhaps the most famous expression of that Wanderlust, and justly so. Kerouac's novel On the Road is said to be the definitive work of the , and was called such in the of the book in 1957. Kerouac began work on the book in 1951; the novel tells the story of three years (1947-1950) in the life of Sal Paradise, the story's narrator, and his sometimes stormy, but always interesting, relationship with Dean Moriarty, a rambling free spirit – something of a beat Peter Pan. The novel is semi-autobiographical. Sal is a thinly veiled rendition of Kerouac himself, while Dean is based, a little more loosely, on .

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