People of Prowess: Sport, Leisure, and Labor in Early Anglo-America

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University of Illinois Press, 1996 - Sports & Recreation - 271 pages
Prowess--extraordinary skill and ability, especially in sports--has always been important to Americans, even in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Nancy L. Struna explores the significance, meaning, and structure of competitive matches and displays of physical prowess for both men and women in colonial culture. Engrossingly written for the general reader as well as sport and leisure historians, People of Prowess is a pioneering work that explores a rarely examined
area of colonial history and society.
 

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Contents

Sport in the Old World II
11
2
34
3
51
4
74
5
96
6
119
Taverns and Sports
143
People of Prowess
191
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Nancy L. Struna, president of the North American Society for Sport History, is an associate professor of kinesiology and affiliate associate professor of history at the University of Maryland-College Park.

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