Sport in Industrial America, 1850-1920

ISBN-10: 0882959166
ISBN-13: 9780882959160
Edition: 1995
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Description: Riess examines the evolution of sport from its rural and urban origins as a less-than-respectable entertainment for the lower classes, through its antebellum upsurge when, with the development of a new sport ideology, it attained respectability --  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/17/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 221
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Riess examines the evolution of sport from its rural and urban origins as a less-than-respectable entertainment for the lower classes, through its antebellum upsurge when, with the development of a new sport ideology, it attained respectability -- penetrating and finally remaking popular culture. Using a topical approach, Riess looks at sport from several vantage points, analysing the interaction between sport and the rise of modern cities; the impact of sport on immigration, race, class, and gender; how sport became accessible through technological innovations; how it became integral to various educational and social movements; the coming of the professional sports figure; sport's links to politics and organised crime; and the role of women in sport. Highlighted with colourful anecdotes, the narrative unfurls a pageant of celebrities and unknowns, players, spectators, and entrepreneurs -- all engaged in the drama that is American sport.

The son of an attorney who practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court, John Hope Franklin was born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma on January 2, 1915. He received a B. A. from Fisk University in 1935 and a master's degree in 1936 and a Ph.D. in 1941 from Harvard University. During his career in education, he taught at a numerous institutions including Brooklyn College, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Duke University. He also had teaching stints in Australia, China, and Zimbabwe. He has written numerous scholarly works including The Militant South, 1800-1861 (1956); Reconstruction After the Civil War (1961); The Emancipation Proclamation (1963); and The Color Line: Legacy for the 21st Century (1993). His comprehensive history From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans (1947) is generally acknowledged to be the basic survey of African American history. He received numerous awards during his lifetime including the Medal of Freedom in 1995 and the John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanities in 2006. He worked with Thurgood Marshall's team of lawyers in their effort to end segregation in the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education and participated in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was president of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Studies Association. He was also a founding member of the Black Academy of Arts and served on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO and the Committee on International Exchange of Scholars. He died of congestive heart failure on March 25, 2009 at the age of 94.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Urbanization, the Technological Revolution, and the Rise of Sport
Urban Reform and the Ideology of Sport
Sport and Urban Space
Sport and the Promotion of Public Pride
The Technological Revolution and the Rise of Sport
Sport and Class
Sport and the American Elite
Sport and the Middle Class
Working-Class Sport
Sport, Ethnicity, and Race
The Old Immigrants
The New Immigrants
The Native Americans
African Americans
Sport and the Educational Process
Sport and Higher Education
Secondary School Sport
Adult-Directed Youth Sport
Baseball and the Rise of Professional Sport
Prizefighting
Thoroughbred Racing
Professional Baseball
Bibliographical Essay
Index

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