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TheyCallMeSnow 04-24-2013 04:09 PM

Help writing a jeep paper!!!
So... I am writing a 12 page paper about the history of offroading..

Any info is appreciated about old time offroading will help!

Timberline 04-24-2013 04:12 PM

Just be glad you have the internet as an unlimited resource to find all you need from the comfort of home. If I was doing this paper when I was in school, I'd have to go spend a couple of hours sitting in the library looking for books on the subject.. :rofl:

RevCo666 04-24-2013 04:13 PM

Try wikipedia and don't plagiarize :)

Jeep - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

jeepers29 04-24-2013 07:05 PM

quite a while ago, a member had posted a video of old timers on the rubicon. That was impressive. I think the vid was from the 50's or early 60's. May want to try and search for that one.

1jeeplvr 04-24-2013 08:25 PM

See rock,drive over it.Theres the history.

whetstone 04-24-2013 08:43 PM

You see tons of old pics from when the automobile was first invented. Modern roads didn't exist for the most part. So, from day 1 people have been off roading in some form. Resources? Good luck, and learn to bs ;)

TheyCallMeSnow 04-25-2013 10:15 AM

I already have two wikipedia sources, But I love the "See a rock, drive over it" Im going to have to throw that one in there. And this is the only teacher I can't BS, she has a PHD and she knows every single trick in the book.

whetstone 04-25-2013 10:28 AM

I don't have the sources, but I've read somewhere that the guys coming back from wwII started buying jeeps based on their experiences overseas with them. My paper would go something like;
Early autos with no roads
Discovered need for more capable vehicles
Military vehicles designed for rough terrain
Civilians discovering they were fun
Early 4wd clubs
Evolution of the jeep
Custom, terrain specific vehicles
Modern jeeps and jeep events

sevenservices 04-25-2013 10:42 AM

^ then the onset internet forums so we can spend time with our jeeps even when not with them. ;)

castman2 04-25-2013 10:52 AM

For a video history check out an old Modern Marvels on the history channel. Goes from the inception of jeep to the hummer. It's on YouTube.

TheyCallMeSnow 04-25-2013 11:00 AM

I'll look into it Castman, and thanks for the idea whetstone.

I'm also going to talk about Karl Probst. (The lead designer in the original Bantam Jeep) Its funny because I bought my jeep, then went to PA to Bantam jeep heritage festival. And it turns out, that I'm related to Karl Probst, he is my grandmothers uncle.. So I don't know what that makes me to him. But still related. :punk:

TJspeed99 04-25-2013 11:14 AM

History channel's modern marvels did a great episode on the jeep, it is on youtube, I'm not sure about multimedia as a source but JP magazine has had some pretty good articles on old jeeps. I don't know if you'd be able to get your hands on older issues

TheyCallMeSnow 04-25-2013 11:44 AM

I'll look into some JP mags. Thanks.

TheyCallMeSnow 04-25-2013 02:40 PM

Any others?

Chris M 04-25-2013 03:06 PM

Don't use wikipedia. It's not an accepted academic resource.

lynn 04-25-2013 03:48 PM


Originally Posted by Chris M (Post 3681985)
Don't use wikipedia. It's not an accepted academic resource.

I was just scrolling down to make the same comment. :thumb:

jimbot 04-25-2013 04:24 PM


jimbot 04-25-2013 04:25 PM

live_slow 04-25-2013 06:45 PM

Actually, Wikipedia is exceptionally well sourced. Every time you see a citation, you can go to the original source material and read the full source to get the authors full intent. Anything that does not have proper citations can be weeded out quickly. It's far better than editorial content or a commercial documentary because it reveals the source so you can judge it and compare it to others. You just can't cut and paste. And teachers hate it because it makes researching multiple citations easy. (You just need to remember to fully explore the cited material, so your citations and the wiki citations don't match exactly)

Anyway, off the soap-box.

12 pages on off-road driving is very broad, and would be easy.

Can you narrow it down?

How about Jackson and Crocker who did the first motorized trip across the US? (not Jeep related, but pretty insane)

Or maybe the CJ2A?

Or even the early days of running the Rubicon after WWII?

Chris M 04-25-2013 11:29 PM

^^Sorry, but no.

Anybody can edit Wikipedia. That's the reason why it is not an accepted academic resource. Ask me how I know...It's what I do. I'm working on my masters thesis in history and the one thing that has been constantly pushed by scholars is to avoid Wiki like the plague.

I'm also a history teacher that requires my Gifted/Talented students to write several "scholarly" (for a middle school student) papers a year. It is possible to just copy and paste. Kids then go and copy the citation they are quoting in their paper. Wiki just makes people lazy.

I'm not denying it is not cited decently and I'm not denying it doesn't have decent info. To do real, scholarly research, find a solid database. Most can be accessed through university websites.

However, in the OPs case there probably won't be any scholarly articles on off-roading. The best bet would be to do what has been suggested and dig through old magazines and see what he can come up with.

thinkxingu 04-26-2013 05:08 AM

^ To prove a point, Stephen Colbert once had enough people go to Wikipedia to change statistics on the white rhino (or some white animal) to show it was in fact plentiful, not endangered.

Ryman12 04-26-2013 10:27 AM

maybe look at how military design has influenced the consumer market. Perhaps do a few case studies such as Jackson and Crocker (as mentioned earlier) or perhaps the crossing of the darien gap in a cj (or maybe it was a yj).

MarkWVU02 04-26-2013 12:28 PM

Can't find the source but you could add that multiple studies have shown that jeep owners tend to be more intelligent and better looking than non jeep driving people haha

TheyCallMeSnow 04-29-2013 02:58 PM

I'll have to add that last one in somewhere

lynn 05-01-2013 03:16 PM

You should be able to fill a couple pages with a focus on the history/growth of the Jeep Jamboree... Mark Smith and family have turned it into a successful business.

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