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About: Richard J. S. Gutman
Richard J.S. Gutman is a leading expert on the history and architecture of the diner and has written four books on the subject. This essay is part of What It Means to Be American, a project of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Arizona State University, produced by Zócalo Public Square.