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Making the American team : sport, culture, and the Olympic experience

Author: Mark Dyreson
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1998.
Series: Sport and society.
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Mark Dyreson locates the invasion of sport at the heart of American culture at the turn of the century. It was then that social reformers and political leaders believed that sport could revitalize the "republican experiment," that a new sense of national identity could forge a new sense of community and a healthy political order as it would serve to link America's thinking classes with the experiences of the masses.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Dyreson
ISBN: 0252023498 9780252023491 0252066545 9780252066542
OCLC Number: 36379739
Description: viii, 269 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Inventing the sporting republic --
Athens, 1896 : "See the conquering heroes come" --
Paris, 1900 : exhibiting American athletic nationalism --
St. Louis, 1904 : an "all-American" Olympics --
The limits of universal claims : how class, gender, race, and ethnicity shaped the sporting republic --
Athens, 1906, and London, 1908 : Uncle Sam was all right --
Stockholm, 1912 : the sporting republic's zenith --
The idea of a sporting republic : athletic technology, American political culture, and progressive visions of civilization --
The decline of the sporting republic.
Series Title: Sport and society.
Responsibility: Mark Dyreson.
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Mark Dyreson locates the invasion of sport at the heart of American culture at the turn of the century. It was then that social reformers and political leaders believed that sport could revitalize the "republican experiment," that a new sense of national identity could forge a new sense of community and a healthy political order as it would serve to link America's thinking classes with the experiences of the masses. Nowhere was this better exemplified than in American accounts of the Olympic Games held between 1896 and 1912. In connecting sport to American history and culture, Dyreson has stepped up to the plate and hit one out of the park.

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