The American Automobile Association Forms (Great Events from History II: Business and Commerce Series)
Article abstract: The formation of an organized national automobile club, the American Automobile Association, helped improve conditions for automobile drivers and increased popularity of the automobile.
Summary of Event
The American Automobile Association (AAA) is a national organization that was formed by eight local automobile clubs. Since its formation, the American Automobile Association has been an advocate of the automobile driver. This association continues to work toward improving the conditions of highways and roads. The American Automobile Association has become involved in every aspect of travel and has developed many services that aid the traveler.
Frank C. Donald, the president of the Chicago Automobile Club, and Samuel A. Miles, the manager of the Chicago Automobile Show, helped organize the first national meeting of automobile clubs in the United States. Until this time, automobile clubs were only local organizations, not national. A letter was sent to all the automobile clubs in the United States inviting them to attend a meeting in order to organize a national association of clubs.
The primary reason that automobile clubs formed was hostility toward the automobile driver. Most people in the late 1890’s and early 1900’s disliked the automobile, preferring the traditional horse and buggy. In 1902, there were twenty-three thousand automobiles on the road, compared to seventeen...
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