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American Sports: From the Age of Folk Games to the Age of Televised Sports
Synopses & Reviews
Completely updated and revised, American Sports sets sports in a social-cultural historical context. This highly-acclaimed book 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 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. This book also looks at how sports at various historical moments have reinforced or challenged the values and behaviors of society
About the Author
Benjamin G. Rader is James L. Sellers Professor of History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is co-editor of the Sport and Society Series of the University of Illinois Press. He has recently authored American Ways: A Brief History of American Cultures (2001)and has had articles appear in The Journal of American History, American Quarterly, The Journal of Popular Culture, and The Journal of Sport History.
Table of Contents
1. Sports in Early America.
2. The Setting for Nineteenth-Century Sports.
3. The Sporting Fraternity and Its Spectacles.
4. The Rise of America's National Game.
5. Nineteenth-Century Sporting Communities.
6. The Rise of Intercollegiate Sports.
7. The Rise of Organized Youth Sports, 1880-1920.
8. The Setting for Organized Sports, 1890-1950.
9. The Age of Sports Heroes.
10. Baseball's Golden Age.
11. The Intercollegiate Football Spectacle.
12. The Club Sports Go Public.
13. The Rise and Decline of Organized Women's Sports, 1890-1960.
14. The Setting of Organized Sports Since 1950.
15. Professional Team Sports in the Age of Television.
16. College Sports in the Age of Television.
17. American Sports in a Global Arena.
18. The African American Quest for Equity in Sports.
19. The Quest for Equity in Women's Sports.
20. The Athletes.
21. American Sports: A Concluding Statement.
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