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Major problems in American sport history : documents and essays

Author: Steven A Riess
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, ©1997.
Series: Major problems in American history series.
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven A Riess
ISBN: 0669353809 9780669353808
OCLC Number: 36655779
Description: xviii, 437 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: ch. 1. What is sport history?: Essays: Taking sports seriously / Elliot J. Gorn and Michael Oriard --
Capitalism, Protestantism, and the rise of modern sport / Allen Guttmann --
Urbanization and the rise of sport / Stephen Hardy --
Further reading. --
ch. 2. Sport in Colonial America: Documents: King James I identifies lawful sports in England, 1618 --
Restrictive Sabbath statutes of Colonial Massachusetts, 1658 --
A Henrico County, Virginia, horse race contract, 1698 --
An Englishman's positive impressions of Virginia racing, 1772 --
Elkanah Watson's misgivings on cockfighting, 1787 --
George Catlin describes a Choctaw lacrosse match, c. 1830s. Essays: The cultural significance of gambling among the gentry of Virginia / Timothy H. Breen --
The sporting life in Puritan America / Nancy Struna --
Further reading. --
ch. 3. Traditional sport, modern sport, and the male bachelor subculture, 1800-1860: Documents: A traveler belittles hunting in Virginia, 1799, and the Carolinas, 1800 --
James Hall depicts a low-life billiard parlor, 1828 --
The great foot race of 1835 --
Horace Greeley decries the slaughter of boxer Thomas McCoy, 1842 --
A policeman visits the dissipated rat pits of Boston, c. 1860 --
The New York Herald reports on "The great contest : fashion v. Peytona," 1845. --
Essays: The social significance of gouging in the southern backcountry / Elliot J. Gorn --
Harness racing : the first modern American sport, 1825-1870 / Melvin L. Adelman --
Further reading. --
ch. 4. The making of a modern sporting culture, 1840-1870: Documents: Thomas W. Higginson analyzes the American clergy and their need for physical fitness, 1858 --
Catharine Beecher criticizes women's frailty and recommends what should be done about it, 1855 --
American agriculturist applauds ladies on horseback, 1862 --
The New York Times recommends skating at Central Park, 1859 --
The New York Herald compares cricket and baseball, 1859 --
The Spirit of the Times examines the founding of the New York Athletic Club, 1868. --
Essays: Catharine Beecher and Thomas W. Higginson on the need for physical fitness / Linda J. Borish --
Baseball speculators, 1855-1870 / George B. Kirsch --
Further reading. --
ch. 5. Sport and higher education in America, 1865-1910: Documents: The New York Times reports on an international match : the Harvard-Oxford boat race, 1869 --
Coach Walter Camp on sportsmanship, 1893 --
Richard Harding Davis scrutinizes the rituals of the Thanksgiving Day football game, 1893 --
Henry Beach Neeham decries the professionalization of college athletes, 1905. Essays: Amateurism in late nineteenth-century college sports / Ronald A. Smith --
The rise of the spectator, the coach, and the player at the University of Chicago, 1895-1905 --
Further reading. ch. 6. Sport and the rise of the industrial radial city, 1870-1920: Documents: The New York Times evaluates the accessibility and utility of Central Park --
The New York Clipper on the opening of Jerome Park race track and the revitalization of the turf, 1866 --
The New York Clipper reports on the Astley belt race of 1879 --
The New York Times lauds baseball and community pride, 1888 --
The New York Times considers Madison Square Garden as a civic institution, 1900 --
Harper's Weekly examines New York City's athletic clubs, 1892. Essays: Parks for the people : the rise of public parks in Boston, 1869-1900 / Stephen Hardy --
Professional sports and New York's Tammany Machine, 1890-1920 / Steven A. Riess --
Further reading. ch. 7. Sport and class, 1870-1920: Documents: Caspar W. Whitney probes the evolution of the country club, 1894 --
The Chicago Daily News describes a paradise for hunters, 1895 --
Philip G. Hubert Jr. reflects on the bicycle : the marvel of its day, 1895 --
The Spirit of the Times denigrates the Printer's Benevolent Association Games, 1887 --
Charles J. Lucas criticizes the commercialization of amateur athletics, 1906. Essays: Sporting life as consumption, fashion, and display : the pastimes of the rich at the turn of the century / Donald Mrozek --
Sport and the redefinition of American middle-class masculinity, 1840-1900 / Steven A. Reiss --
Working-class runners in the late nineteenth century / Ted Vincent --
Furhter reading. --
ch. 8. The commercialization and professionalization of sports, 1870-1920: Documents: The National Police Gazette indicts Wyatt Earp as crooked referee, 1896 --
René Bache computes the cost of a day at the races, 1906 --
Josiah Flynt delineates the evils of off-track poolrooms, 1907 --
Harper's Weekly describes the new Chicago baseball grounds, 1883 --
The New York Sun's portrayal of a typical baseball crowd, 1884 --
John Montgomery Ward asks, "Is the base-ball player a chattel?" --
H. Addington Bruce analyzes baseball and the national life, 1913 --
Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. explains why baseball is not subject to antitrust laws, 1922 --
Sears, Roebuck catalogue sports equipment advertisements, 1897. Essays: The creation of the National League in 1876 / Harold Seymour --
The Sullivan-Corbett championship fight of 1892 and the modernization of ring promotion / Michael Isenberg --
Further reading. --
Photograph essay: Uniforming sportswomen. ch.9. Gender and sport in modern America, 1870-1920: Documents: Woodrow Wilson supports football and its promotion of manliness, 1894 --
Theodore Roosevelt examines how sport makes boys into men, 1900 --
Eleanor Waddle reports on the rise of the Berkeley Ladies' Athletic Club, 1889 --
Anne O'Hagan describes the athletic American girl, 1901 --
Senda Berenson asserts the value of adapted women's basketball, 1901 --
Dr. Dudley A. Sargent asks, "Are athletics making girls masculine?," 1912 --
A female fan tells her beau, "Take me out to the ball game," 1908. Essays: Manliness in the squared circle / Elliot J. Gorn --
Sport, gender and society in the late nineteenth century / Roberta J. Park. Further reading. --
ch. 10. Race and ethnicity in American sport, 1890-1940: Documents: The Chicago Daily News describes the Quadrennial National Turner Festival, 1893 --
The National Police Gazette supports the rise of Italian boxing, 1905 --
Richard Henry Pratt encourages Indian sportsmanship, c. 1894 --
The Outlook's dismay with Indian sportsman Jim Thorpe and the forfeiture of his Olympic medals, 1913 --
Prejudice against African-American ballplayers in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1911 --
James "Cool Papa" Bell remembers Negro League baseball in the 1920s and 1930s --
The Chicago Commission on Race Relations examines racial contacts in recreation in the late 1910s. Essays: The 1910 Jeffries-Johnson fight and its impact / Randy Roberts --
Basketball and the Jewish-American community, 1920s-1930s / Peter Levine --
Further reading. --
ch 11. Sports heroes and American Culture, 1890-1940: Burt Standish's Dick Meriwell saves the game, 1909 --
Commonweal memorializes Christy Matthewson, a real-life Merriwell, 1925 --
The Black Sox scandal and the fallen hero : the confession of Joe Jackson, 1920 --
Grantland Rice on John L. Sullivan and Babe Ruth as prowess heroes, 1925 --
Grantland Rice describes the heroic qualities of Bobby Jones and Helen Wills, 1928 --
Congressman Louis Stokes eulogizes his hero, Jesse Owens, 1980. Essays: Sports heroes of the 1920s / Roderick Nash --
Joe Louis as emerging race hero in the 1930s / Chris Meade --
Further reading. ch. 12. Sport and American women since 1930: Documents: The Saturday Evening Post examines women's softball in World War II America --
Billie Jean King remembers life as an outsider in the 1950s and 1960s --
Powerlifter Tammy Thompson identifies the dangers of steroids, 1987 --
Baylor University athletic director Grant Teaff criticizes the impact of Title IX on intercollegiate football, 1993 --
Attorney Ellen J. Vargyas analyzes the inadequacies of Title IX, 1992. Essays: Babe Didrickson Zaharias : the "Texas Tomboy" / Susan E. Cayleff --
Women competing/gender contested, 1930s-1950s / Susan Cahn --
Further reading. ch. 13. Sport and race in America since 1945: Documents: Yankees President Larry McPhail's plan to discourage integration of baseball, 1946 --
Jackie Robinson on the struggles of his first spring training, 1946 --
The thoughts of Muhammad Ali in exile, c. 1967 --
Harry Edwards reviews the making of the black athletic revolt, 1967 --
Arthur Ashe on Propositions 42 and 48, c. 1980s. Essays: A lone negro in the game : Jackie Robinson's rookie season / Jules Tygiel --
Muhammad Ali : the hero in the age of mass media / Michael Oriard --
Further reading. --
ch. 14. The business of sport, 1945-1990: Documents: Ike Williams testifies on the corruption of boxing in the late 1940s --
Norris Poulson reveals how Los Angeles got the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1958 --
Justice Thurgood Marshall dissents in the Curt Flood case, 1972 --
Marvin Miller analyzes the achievement of free agency, 1975 --
Mayor Lionel J. Wilson explains why Oakland needs the Raiders, 1984. Essays: The impact of Roone Arledge on televised sports / Randy Roberts and James Olson --
The making of Baltimore's Camden Yards Stadium / Charles C. Euchner --
Further reading.
Series Title: Major problems in American history series.
Responsibility: edited by Steven A. Riess.
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