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A brief history of American sports

Author: Elliott J Gorn; Warren Goldstein
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st ill. pbkView all editions and formats
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"Gorn and 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. A Brief History of American Sports reveals that from colonial times to the present, sports have  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elliott J Gorn; Warren Goldstein
ISBN: 0252071840 9780252071843
OCLC Number: 53021678
Notes: Originally published: New York : Hill and Wang, 1993.
Description: xiv, 290 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: America becomes a sporting nation. Colonists at play --
"Saints and their bodies": Sport through 1860 --
"Vigorous, manly, out-of-door sports': the Gilded Age --
Sport and its discontents: the twentieth century. Sports with a mission: football and basketball --
Play, business, and space: sports and the public sphere --
Money, television, drugs, and the win: dilemmas of modern sports.
Responsibility: Elliott J. Gorn and Warren Goldstein.

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