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Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America

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"An excellent and well-crafted social history. . . . Valuable for its presentation of the physical geography of swimming pools, but even more importantly for inviting readers to see individual and personal behavior in public space as a form of social and cultural reproduction."

—H-Net "I had always stared at those intriguing pictures of America’s gigantic municipal pools of bygone eras, always curious as to who spent their days wading and plunging in those vast waters. Now I read with fascination, in Contested Waters, how the swimming pools of America were the quintessential backdrop of race, gender, and class relations for more than a century of our history. This book makes me long to have experienced afternoons in those historic swimming holes."--Diana Nyad "A significant plunge into American sexism and sexuality, racism, class division, immigration, urbanity, and determined good will and reform, Contested Waters proves an original and insightful opening on the cultural significances of modern water recreation."--John R. Stilgoe, Robert & Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape, Harvard University

Synopsis:

From nineteenth-century public baths to today's private backyard havens, swimming pools have long been a provocative symbol of American life. In this social and cultural history of swimming pools in the United States, Jeff Wiltse relates how, over the years, pools have served as asylums for the urban poor, leisure resorts for the masses, and private clubs for middle-class suburbanites. As sites of race riots, shrinking swimsuits, and conspicuous leisure, swimming pools reflect many of the tensions and transformations that have given rise to modern America.

Synopsis:

From 19th-century public baths to today's private backyard havens, swimming pools have been a provocative symbol of American life. In this social and cultural history of swimming pools in the U.S., Wiltse relates how, over the years, pools have served as asylums for the urban poor, leisure resorts for the masses, and private clubs for middle-class suburbanites. As sites of race riots, shrinking swimsuits, and conspicuous leisure, swimming pools reflect the tensions and transformations that have given rise to modern America.

About the Author

Jeff Wiltse is associate professor of history at the University of Montana.

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ISBN:
9780807871270
Author:
Wiltse, Jeff
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Swimming
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
segregation; bathing suits; community life; race and swimming pools;
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools; public swimming pools; public space; civic space; leisure; parks and recreation; aquatic recreation centers; aquatics; immigration; germ theories; zoning; interracial mingling; hygiene; water sports; New York City; Baltimore; St.
Subject:
municipal swimming pools
Subject:
public swimming pools
Subject:
Public space
Subject:
civic space
Subject:
Leisure
Subject:
parks and recreation
Subject:
aquatic recreation centers
Subject:
aquatics
Subject:
Immigration
Subject:
germ theories
Subject:
Zoning
Subject:
interracial mingling
Subject:
Hygiene
Subject:
Water Sports
Subject:
New York (City)
Subject:
Baltimore
Subject:
St. louis
Subject:
Boston
Subject:
Philadelphia
Subject:
Pittsburgh
Subject:
Chicago
Subject:
Detroit
Subject:
San francisco
Subject:
Warren, Ohio
Subject:
Wilmington, Delaware
Subject:
Segregation
Subject:
Desegregation
Subject:
Bathing suits
Subject:
Community life
Subject:
race and swimming pools
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Swimming
Subject:
st
Subject:
Louis
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 illus.
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Synopsis" by , From nineteenth-century public baths to today's private backyard havens, swimming pools have long been a provocative symbol of American life. In this social and cultural history of swimming pools in the United States, Jeff Wiltse relates how, over the years, pools have served as asylums for the urban poor, leisure resorts for the masses, and private clubs for middle-class suburbanites. As sites of race riots, shrinking swimsuits, and conspicuous leisure, swimming pools reflect many of the tensions and transformations that have given rise to modern America.

"Synopsis" by , From 19th-century public baths to today's private backyard havens, swimming pools have been a provocative symbol of American life. In this social and cultural history of swimming pools in the U.S., Wiltse relates how, over the years, pools have served as asylums for the urban poor, leisure resorts for the masses, and private clubs for middle-class suburbanites. As sites of race riots, shrinking swimsuits, and conspicuous leisure, swimming pools reflect the tensions and transformations that have given rise to modern America.

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