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

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

Author: Benjamin G Rader
Publisher: Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: History
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Rader, Benjamin G.
American sports.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. : Prentice Hall, ©1996
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin G Rader
ISBN: 0131112139 9780131112131
OCLC Number: 32346360
Description: x, 342 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. Backcountry Sporting Ways. Pastimes in the Revolutionary Era --
2. The Setting for Nineteenth-Century Sports. Conquering Space and Time. The New, Middle-class Victorian Culture. From "Rational" Recreation to an Ideology of Athleticism. A Victorian Counterculture. 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 the National Game. The Club-based Fraternal Game. Baseball as a Commercial Enterprise. The National League. The Players' Revolt. Ethnics and African Americans. Between the Foul Lines and in the Stands --
5. Nineteenth-Century Sporting Communities. Ethnic Sporting Communities. Turner Societies. African American Sporting Communities. The Wealthy New York Sporting Community. The Quest for Elite Communities. The Formation of Athletic Clubs. Amateurism and Its Uses. Cricket Clubs and Country Clubs --
6. The Rise of Intercollegiate Sports. Early Intercollegiate Baseball, Track, and Football. Walter Camp: Father of American Football. Football and the Making of College Communities. Football Becomes a Public Spectacle --
7. The Rise of Organized Youth Sports, 1890-1920. The Social Context. The Cultural Context. Luther Halsey Gulick, Jr. The Evolutionary Theory of Play. The Public Schools Athletic League. The Playground Movement. High School Sports --
8. The Setting for Organized Sports, 1890-1950. The Media and Sports. The Consumer Culture. Islands of Pleasure. The Strenuous Life. Ideals of Womanhood. 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. Organized Baseball's Quest for Order. The Black Sox Scandal and the Reign of Kenesaw Mountain Landis. An Age of Team Dynasties. Black Baseball --
11. Intercollegiate Football Spectacles. The Critical Era. The Formation of Conferences. The Issue of Brutality. The Revolution of 1906. The Growing Popularity of Intercollegiate Football. Continuing Intercollegiate Controversies --
12. The Club Sports Go Public. Tennis Goes Public. Golf Goes Public. The Emperor, Bobby Jones. Track and Field. The Revived Olympic Games --
13. The Rise of Organized Women's Sports. The Athletic Girl. Early Women's Basketball. The Arrival of Women Sports' Heroes. The War over Turf and Principles. The Rise and Decline of Women's Softball and Baseball --
14. The Setting of Organized Sports Since 1950. The Sprawling Metropolises. The Inner City and the Suburbs. The Self and Fitness Cult. The Advent of Televised Sports. The Battle of the Networks. The Social Role of the Media --
15. Professional Team Sports. The Woes of Baseball. The Demise of the Dynasties. The Early Days of Pro Football. The Making of Pro Football. The Golden Age of Professional Football. Packaging Pro Football for Television. Professional Basketball --
16. College Sports in a National Arena. The NCAA Becomes a Cartel. The Soaring Popularity of College Football. Joining the Top Ten. College Basketball Enters the National Arena. The Rising Popularity of College Basketball. The Triple Crises --
17. American Sports in an International Arena. The Politics of the Olympic Games. The Escalation of the Stakes. Television and the Ascent of Golf. Tennis --
Open to All --
18. The Quest for Racial Equality in Sports. The Origins of Desegregation. Rickey and Robinson Integrate the National Game. Muhammad Ali. The Black Athletic Revolt. The Continuation of Discrimination --
19. The Quest for Gender Equality in Sports. Continuing Issues in Women's Sports. The Impetus for Change. Rising Hopes and Expectations. Resistance to Equity in Women's Sports --
20. The Athletes. Heroes and Celebrities. Interleague Competition for Players. The Player Associations. Free Agency. The Implications of the New Status. Youth Athletes --
21. American Sports.
Responsibility: Benjamin G. Rader.


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