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Democratic sports : men's and women's college athletics during the Great Depression

Author: Brad Austin
Publisher: Fayetteville : The University of Arkansas Press, 2015.
Series: Sport, culture & society (University of Arkansas Press)
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"American public universities suffered tremendous funding cuts during the 1930s, yet they were also responsible for educating increasing numbers of students. The mounting financial troubles, coupled with a perceived increase in the number of 'radical' student activists, contributed to a general sense of crisis on American college campuses. University leaders used their athletic programs to combat this crisis and to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brad Austin
ISBN: 1557287589 9781557287588
OCLC Number: 898088331
Description: xxvi, 268 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: In the "trough of depression": the fate and finances of public universities during the 1930s --
Financed by football: the economics of big-time athletics during the depression --
Competitive democratic athletics for men --
Communal values and women's sport --
"The instinctive urge to compete": challenges to the anticompetitive model in women's sports --
Commercialized sport and imagined communities: the buying and selling of university connections.
Series Title: Sport, culture & society (University of Arkansas Press)
Responsibility: Brad Austin.

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American public universities suffered tremendous funding cuts during the 1930s, yet they were also responsible for educating increasing numbers of students. Democratic Sports tells the important  Read more...

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A deeply researched and creative narrative . . . [that] makes a significant contribution to the historical literature of American sports history. Richard O. DaviEs"

 
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