Brief History of American Sports

ISBN-10: 0252071840

ISBN-13: 9780252071843

Edition: 2004

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 2/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Elliott J. Gorn, professor of history at Purdue University, is the co-author of A Brief History of American Sports (H&W, 1993) and author of The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America. He lives in Chicago.

Preface
America Becomes a Sporting Nation
Colonists at Play
"Virgin Land"
English Sports
The Virginia Ethic
The New England Way
The Middle Colonies
Sports and the New Nation
"Saints and Their Bodies": Sport Through 1860
The Adams Family
Victorian Culture and the Attack on Traditional Sports
The Beginnings of Modern American Sports
Muscular Christians and Brawny Brahmins
"Vigorous, Manly, Out-of-Door Sports": The Gilded Age
"... Healthful and Invigorating Sports ..."
Sport and Society
The Rise of Mass Sports: Boxing and Baseball
Elite Sports
"The Strenuous Life"
Sport and its Discontents: The Twentieth Century
Sports with a Mission: Football and Basketball
Walter Camp and the Bureaucratization of the Strenuous Life
Football, Alumni, and the Control of the University
Progressives, Play, and Basketball
World War I: The Great Unifier
Play, Business, and Space: Sports and the Public Sphere
Home Teams
Sports Heroes and Mass Culture
Gender and Sport
Racial Integration
Money, Television, Drugs, and the Win: Dilemmas of Modern Sports
Amateur Ideals and Sporting Reality
Twentieth-Century Amateurism
The Impact of Television
The Historical Roots of the Drug Problem in Sports
Epilogue
Bibliographic Essay
Index
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