A Brief History of American Sports

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University of Illinois Press, 1993 - Sports & Recreation - 290 pages
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Elliott J. Gorn and Warren Goldstein show us where our games and pastimes came from, how they developed, and what they have meant to Americans. The great heroes of baseball and football are here, as well as the dramatic moments of boxing and basketball. Beyond this, the authors show us how sports fit into the larger contours of our past. For this new edition, the authors have updated the book to include discussion of performance-enhancing drugs; player salaries, unions, and the business of internationalizing sport; Title IX and gender in American sports; race, especially the entry of Latino and Asian athletes; and the corporatization of amateur athletics. A Brief History of American Sports reveals that from colonial times to the present, sports have been central to American culture, and a profound expression of who we are.
  

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Contents

Colonists at Play
3
English Sports
6
The Virginia Ethic
17
The New England Way
30
The Middle Colonies
37
Sports and the New Nation
42
Saints and Their Bodies Sport Through 1860
47
Victorian Culture and the Attack on Traditional Sports
49
Sports with a Mission Football and Basketball
153
Football Alumni and the Control of the University
164
Progressives Play and Basketball
169
Ue Great Unifier
177
Play Business and Space Sports and the Public Sphere
183
Sports Heroes and Mass Culture
188
Gender and Sport
197
Racial Integration
209

The Beginnings of Modern American Sports
64
Muscular Christians and Brawny Brahmins
81
Vigorous Manly OutofDoor Sports The Gilded Age
98
Sport and Society
105
Boxing and Baseball
114
Elite Sports
129
The Strenuous Life
138
SPORT AND ITS DISCONTENTS THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
151
I Money Television Drugs and the Win Dilemmas of Modern Sports
222
TwentiethCentury Amateurism
228
The Impact of Television
236
The Historical Roots of the Drug Problem in Sports
241
Epilogue
251
Bibliographic Essay
257
Index
277
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Elliott J. Gorn is a professor of history at Brown University. He is the author of The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America, Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America, and editor of Muhammad Ali: The People's Champ. Warren Goldstein chairs the Department of History at the University of Hartford. He is the author of the award-winning Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball.  

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