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American sports : from the age of folk games to the age of televised sports

Author: Benjamin G Rader
Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson/Prentice Hall, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 6th edView all editions and formats
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"Completely updated and revised, American Sports sets sports in a social-cultural historical context. This highly-acclaimed text offers a reflective, analytical history of American sports from the colonial era to the present. With a focus on the historical relationship between sports, and gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and region, this text considers how sports transcend these fundamental categories, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin G Rader
ISBN: 9780205665150 0205665152
OCLC Number: 227015796
Description: ix, 374 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Sports in early America --
Britain's festive culture --
The Puritan assault upon Britain's festive culture --
"Lawful sport" in New England and the Middle Colonies --
Sporting ways of the Southern Colonies --
Tavern pastimes --
The backcountry's sporting ways --
Pastimes in Revolutionary era --
2. The setting for Nineteenth-Century sports --
Rise of middle-class Victorian culture --
"Rational" recreation and muscular Christianity --
Oppositional culture --
Nineteenth-Century sporting groups. 3. The sporting fraternity and its spectacles --
John Cox Stevens: wealthy patron of Antebellum sporting spectacles --
Pedestrianism, rowing, and billiards --
Early history of American prizefighting --
Meanings of prizefighting --
Prizefighting in the Postbellum era --
Enter John L. Sullivan --
Postbellum thoroughbred horse racing --
4. The rise of America's national game --
Club-based fraternal game --
Baseball as a commercial enterprise --
The National League --
The players' revolt --
Ethnics and African American --
Between the foul lines and the stands. 5. Late Nineteenth-Century sporting communities --
Ethnic (or immigrant) sporting communities --
Turner Societies --
African American sporting communities --
The wealthy New York sporting community --
Sports and the forging of an American upper class --
Athletic clubs --
Amateurism and its uses --
Cricket clubs and country clubs --
6. The rise of intercollegiate sports --
The first intercollegiate sport --
Early intercollegiate baseball, track, and football --
Walter Camp: father of American football --
Football and the making of college communities --
Football becomes an upper-class sporting spectacle. 7. The rise of organized youth sports, 1880-1920 --
The social context --
the cultural context --
Luther Halsey Gulick Jr. --
The evolutionary theory of play --
The Public Schools Athletic League --
The Playground Movement --
Private academy and public high school sports --
8. The setting for organized sports, 1890-1950 --
The Media and sports --
The new middle class, modern consumer culture, and the quest for excitement --
Islands of pleasure --
The strenuous life --
Changing ideals of physical beauty --
An age of racial segregation. 9. The age of sports heroes --
Babe Ruth --
Red Grange --
Jack Johnson --
The golden age of boxing --
10. Baseball's golden age --
Baseball's coming of age --
An age of the pitcher --
Ty Cobb --
Organized baseball's quest for order --
The Black Sox scandal and the reign of Kenesaw Mountain Landis --
An age of team dynasties --
In the Great Depression and World War II --
Black baseball. 11. The intercollegiate football spectacle --
The age of crisis, 1890-1913 --
The issue of brutality and major rule changes --
The formation of conferences --
The reign of King Football --
The football coach as hero --
The incomplete democratization of college football --
Continuing controversies --
12. The club sports go public --
Tennis goes public --
Gold goes public --
The emperor, Bobby Jones --
Track and field --
The revived Olympic Games --
International politics and the Games. 13. The rise and decline of organized women's sports, 1890-1960 --
The athletic girl --
Early women's basketball --
The arrival of women sports' heroes --
The war over turf and principles --
Female cheerleaders --
The rise and decline of women's softball and baseball --
14. The setting of organized sports since 1950 --
Sprawling metropolises --
The inner city and the suburbs --
The nation's sporting ideology --
The sporting ideology under assault --
The quest for self-sufficiency and the fitness cult --
The advent of televised sports --
Roone Arledge and Howard Cosell --
The new era of sports and the Media --
An assessment of the Media. 15. Professional team sports in the age of television --
The woes of baseball --
On the diamond --
The early days of pro football --
The making of pro football --
The golden age of pro football --
Professional basketball --
Marketing pro team sports --
A new age of pro team sports --
16. College sports in the age of television --
The NCAA becomes an economic cartel --
The soaring popularity of college football --
A new era of television rights --
The requirements for success --
College basketball enters the national arena --
The rising popularity of college basketball --
The scandals of the 1980s --
The financial arms race. 17. American sports in a global arena --
The politics of the Olympic Games --
The escalation of the stakes --
Amateurism abandoned --
Television and the ascent of golf --
Tennis : open to all --
The new global sports marketplace --
18. The African American quest for equality in sports --
The origins of desegregation --
Rickey and Robinson integrate the national game --
Muhammad Ali --
The Black Athletic Revolt --
Continuing discrimination --
Have sports damaged Black America? 19. The quest for equality in women's sports --
Continuing issues in womens' sports --
The impetus for change --
Rising hopes and expectations --
Resistance to equity in women's sports --
Continuing constraints on women's sports --
20. The athletes --
Heroes or merely celebrities? --
Escaping serfdom --
Free Agency --
Mixed responses --
Youth athletes --
21. American sports : a concluding statement.
Responsibility: Benjamin G. Rader.
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"Completely updated and revised, American Sports sets sports in a social-cultural historical context. This highly-acclaimed text offers a reflective, analytical history of American sports from the colonial era to the present. With a focus on the historical relationship between sports, and gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and region, this text considers how sports transcend these fundamental categories, and how the experience of sports either as a player or as a fan can bind diverse groups together. This text also looks at how sports at various historical moments have reinforced or challenged the values and behaviors of society."--Jacket.

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