A Companion to American Sport History

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Steven A. Riess
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 26, 2014 - History - 704 pages

A Companion to American Sport History presents a collection of original essays that represent the first comprehensive analysis of scholarship relating to the growing field of American sport history.

  • Presents the first complete analysis of the scholarship relating to the academic history of American sport
  • Features contributions from many of the finest scholars working in the field of American sport history
  • Includes coverage of the chronology of sports from colonial times to the present day, including major sports such as baseball, football, basketball, boxing, golf, motor racing, tennis, and track and field
  • Addresses the relationship of sports to urbanization, technology, gender, race, social class, and genres such as sports biography

Awarded 2015 Best Anthology from the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH)


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The Emergence of Sport
A Look to the Future
Eras 19201960
The Cold War
Sport Since the 1960s
Scientific Habits of Mind
The United States and International
The United States in the Modern
Historians Take on Ethnicity
The African American Athlete
Class and Sport
Manhood or Masculinity

Urbanization and American Sport
Baseball Before 1920
Baseball Since 1920
Professional Football
Golf and Tennis
American Motor Sport
Explaining Exceptionalism
Sport and the Media
Sport and American Religion
Sport in American Literature Art and Music
Sport in American Film
Newspapers Radio
Sports Biographies

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About the author (2014)

Steven A. Riess is the Bernard Brommel Research Professor of History at Northeastern Illinois University. His books include City Games: The Evolution of American Urban Society and the Rise of Sports (1989), Touching Base: Professional Baseball and American Culture in the Progressive Era, Revised Edition (1999), and The Sport of Kings and the Kings of Crime: Horse Racing, Politics, and Organized Crime in New York, 1865-1913 (2011), and Sport in Industrial America, 1850-1920, Second Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013).

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