American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports [3 volumes]: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports

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Bob Batchelor, Danielle Sarver Coombs
ABC-CLIO, Dec 18, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 944 pages
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This collection blends historical and popular culture perspectives in its analysis of the development of sports and sports figures throughout American history. American History through American Sports: From Colonial Lacrosse to Extreme Sports is unique in that it focuses on how each sport has transformed and influenced society at large, demonstrating how sports and popular culture are intrinsically entwined and the ways they both reflect larger societal transformations.

The essays in the book are wide-ranging, covering topics of interest for sports fans who enjoy the NFL and NASCAR as well as those who like tennis and watching the Olympics. Many topics feature information about specific sports icons and favorite heroes. Additionally, many of the topics' treatments prompt engagement by purposely challenging the reader to either agree or disagree with the author's analysis.

 

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Contents

Contents
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Contents
3
Sports in Colonial Times
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Holy Cow How the Advent of Early Sports Broadcasting
Early Athletes as Popular Cultural Icons
Big Money and Sports as an Industry
The Development of Technology
The Greatest Running Back in Football History
The Tobacco Spittin Moonshine Runnin History of Early
Early American Automobile Racing
About the Editors
Acknowledgments
Television Transforms Sports Culture
Creating Sports Icons in a MediaSaturated World
Marvel Comics Sports Comics in the First Half of the 1990s
Nike and the Endless Sneaker Wars

Adam G Capitanio
The Patron Saint of American Sports
The Yankee Dynasty
Reconsidering Americas First Sports Legend
A Concise History of Early Baseball
An Argument for Baseballs Greatest Hitter
The Early History of Professional Basketball
Hockeys Role in Young America
Immigration Economics and the Decline
Boxings Popularity in the Early Twentieth Century
Making Track and Field Relevant
Sports Philosophies and Folk
The History of Sports Video Games
The Super in the Super Bowl
Acknowledgments
Sports and the Digital
Athletes Teams and Fans Collide Online
Social Media Spaghetti Westerns and Modern Spectator Sports
Deviant Behavior and the Consequences of Drugs
College Athletes in the Modern
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About the author (2012)

Danielle Sarver Coombs, PhD, is assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University, Kent, OH.

Bob Batchelor, PhD, is assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University and academic coordinator of its online master's program in public relations. Batchelor is the author or editor of 21 books, including 3 volumes in Greenwood's "Popular Culture through History" series: The 1900s, The 1980s, and The 2000s. In addition, he edited Greenwood's four-volume American Pop: Popular Culture Decade by Decade; Praeger's three-volume Cult Pop Culture: How the Fringe Became Mainstream; and Praeger's three-volume American History through American Sports.

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