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American Sports From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports

ISBN-10: 0205665152
ISBN-13: 9780205665150
Edition: 6th 2009
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Description: This highly-acclaimed survey of American sports offers a reflective, analytical history from the colonial era to the present. With a focus on the historical relationship between sports, and gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and region, the  More...

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Book details

List price: $117.47
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 10/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

This highly-acclaimed survey of American sports offers a reflective, analytical history from the colonial era to the present. With a focus on the historical relationship between sports, and gender, class, race, ethnicity, religion, and region, the book 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. The book also looks at how sports at various historical moments have reinforced or challenged the values and behaviors of society.

Benjamin G. Rader is James L. Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the author ofAmerican Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports.

Preface
Acknowledgments
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 the Revolutionary Era
Conclusion
Notes
The Setting for Nineteenth-Century Sports
Conquering Space and Time
The Rise of Middle-Class Victorian Culture
"Rational" Recreation and Muscular Christianity
An Oppositional Culture
Enclaves of the Oppositional Culture
Nineteenth-Century Sporting Groups
Conclusion
Notes
The Sporting Fraternity and Its Sectacles
John Cox Stevens: Wealthy Patron of Antebellum Sporting Spectacles
Pedestrianism, Rowing, and Billiards
The Early History of American Prizefighting
Meanings of Prizefighting
Prizefighting in the Postbellum Era
Enter John L. Sullivan
Postbellum Thoroughbred Horse Racing
Conclusion
Notes
The Rise of America's 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
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
The Age of Sports Heroes
Babe Ruth
Red Grange
Jack Johnson
The Golden Age of Boxing
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
The Club Sports Go Public
Tennis Goes Public
Golf Goes Public
The Emperor, Bobby Jones
Track and Field
The Revived Olympic Games
International Politics and the Games
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
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
Conclusion
Notes
The African American Quest for Equity 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?
Conclusion
Notes
The Quest for Equity in Women's Sports
Continuing Issues in Women's Sports
The Impetus for Change
Rising Hopes and Expectations
Resistance to Equity in Women's Sports
Continuing Constraints on Women's Sports
Conclusion
Notes
The Athletes
Heroes or Merely Celebrities?
Escaping Serfdom
Free Agency
Mixed Responses
Youth Athletes
Conclusion
Notes
American Sports: A Concluding Statement
Index

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