Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America / Edition 1

Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America / Edition 1

by Jeff Wiltse
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807871273

ISBN-13: 9780807871270

Pub. Date: 05/01/2010

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

From nineteenth-century public baths to today's private backyard havens, swimming pools have long been a provocative symbol of American life. In this social and cultural history of swimming pools in the United States, Jeff Wiltse relates how, over the years, pools have served as asylums for the urban poor, leisure resorts for the masses, and private clubs for

Overview

From nineteenth-century public baths to today's private backyard havens, swimming pools have long been a provocative symbol of American life. In this social and cultural history of swimming pools in the United States, Jeff Wiltse relates how, over the years, pools have served as asylums for the urban poor, leisure resorts for the masses, and private clubs for middle-class suburbanites. As sites of race riots, shrinking swimsuits, and conspicuous leisure, swimming pools reflect many of the tensions and transformations that have given rise to modern America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807871270
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
462,169
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: "Just Don't Touch the Water"

Chapter 1. A "Peculiar Kind" of Bath: The Origin of Municipal Pools in America

Chapter 2. "A Means of Physical Culture": The Redefinition of Municipal Pools during the 1890s

Chapter 3. "A Good Investment in Health, Character, and Citizenship": Municipal Swimming Pools in the Progressive Era

Interlude: The Traumatic Early History of Fairgrounds Park Pool

Chapter 4. The "Swimming Pool Age": 1920 to 1940

Chapter 5. "One for the White Race and the Other for the Colored Race": The Onset of Racial Discrimination, 1920 to 1940

Chapter 6. "More Sensitive Than Schools": The Struggle to Desegregate Municipal Swimming Pools

Chapter 7. "Alone in the Backyard": Swimming Pools in Recent America

Conclusion: The Promise and Reality of Swimming Pools as Public Spaces

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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