Sports in American Life: A History

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Wiley, Jan 2, 2007 - History - 512 pages
This richly documented book traces the evolution of American sports from the colonial period to the present. The narrative is organized around the argument that sports have been a significant social force throughout American history.
  • Emphasizes the social, economic, and cultural interaction between sports and larger issues, such as gender, race, and class.
  • Includes 50 photographs of key events and figures in the history of American sports.
  • Written in a compelling, narrative style to engage undergraduate students.

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Richard O. Davies is University Foundation Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is the author or editor of twelve books, including America's Obsession: Sports and Society Since 1945 (1994), and Main Street Blues: The Decline of Small-Town America (1998), which was named one of the top 25 books in American History by Choice. Although his publications range widely over the history of twentieth-century American history, he has in the past decade established himself as one of the leading scholars in the growing field of American sports history.

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