Encyclopedia of Sports in America [2 volumes]: A History from Foot Races to Extreme Sports

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Sports and leisure activities serve as a mirror, allowing us to examine the attitudes and values of everyday people. This new reference explores the development and influence of sports in American culture, as well as how sports icons, commercial enterprises, organizations, sporting events, and even fan culture have changed from decade to decade and from era to era, from the foot races of colonial times to the extreme sports of today.

Each chapter focuses on key aspects of sports...

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Encyclopedia of Sports in America: A History from Foot Races to Extreme Sports

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Overview

Sports and leisure activities serve as a mirror, allowing us to examine the attitudes and values of everyday people. This new reference explores the development and influence of sports in American culture, as well as how sports icons, commercial enterprises, organizations, sporting events, and even fan culture have changed from decade to decade and from era to era, from the foot races of colonial times to the extreme sports of today.

Each chapter focuses on key aspects of sports in American culture, including such topics as ethnicity, gender, and economics. Enhanced with numerous sidebars on the movers and shakers, key sporting trends, as well as the controversies that threatened to tear the sports world apart, this insightful reference is ideal for high school and college students who are interested in tracing the evolution of sports and American culture throughout the nation's history. Features include a timeline of important events, numerous photographs, and a bibliography of print and electronic sources for further

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Bottom Line: Written for general readers, this set could easily fill a niche in middle school and high school libraries, as well as public libraries, particularly where research on sports history is a popular topic. Nelson's work does not replace general sports encyclopedias, but it makes a nice complement to sports information collections. Recommended for middle school, high school, and public libraries; these libraries might also want a copy for their circulating collections.' "

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Library Journal

"Nelson (emeritus, education and American studies, Pennsylvania State U.) and 19 contributors offer a variety of insights and perspectives on the function of sports in American history and how historical events affected sports. The two-volume reference begins with the America's colonial years and continues to the present, from horse racing to stock car racing

and snowboarding. While the book contains a substantial amount of data, it is typically set in context of the society and culture of the period. For that reason, it also reflects the characteristics and nature of American society and its admirable and less than admirable traits. The book has a scholarly style, but is intended for the general reader."

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Reference & Research Book News

"This set provides an excellent overview of sports, with the major focus on the last century. . . . The text does a fine job of giving attention to each sport equal to the attention that sport received during a particular era. The book does a superb job on the role that sports play in American culture, and on the connection between sport and societal topics, e.g., ethnicity, race, media, law, politics, and scandals. . . . This encyclopedia is an exceptional resource for public and academic libraries."

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Choice

"The editor and contributors offer a clear and useful overview of sports in American culture, aimed at general readers and students from high school through the lower-level undergraduate level. Recommended for public and school libraries."

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Library Journal

Nelson (education & American studies, Penn State Univ.) presents a work tracing the history of sports in America from the Colonial era through about 2007. Divided by period, the 13 chapters are written by sports experts and begin with an overview of the period before covering the most popular team sports of that time. The chapters range in length from 35 to 45 pages and place sports in historical context, discussing the social and political forces and events that influenced the sports world. Horse racing, billiards, basketball, football, cycling, bowling, sports broadcasting, hockey, golf, baseball, and NASCAR count among the diverse topics. Inserts provide information on important figures, events, and technologies. Only a few black-and-white photos are scattered throughout. Compensating for that drawback are the time line at the beginning of Volume 1, the "Recommended Resources" at the end of each chapter, and the "Resource Guide" at the end of Volume 2, all of which add student appeal.
—Rosanne M. Cordell

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313347900
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2009
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

MURRY R. NELSON is Professor of Education and American Studies at Penn State University. He is the author of Bill Russell: A Biography (2005) and Shaquille O'Neal: A Biography (2006).

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Table of Contents

Volume One, Colonial Years to 1940

Introduction

Acknowledgements

Timeline

Chapter 1. American Sports, 1607-1860

Chapter 2. American Sports, 1861-1889

Chapter 3. American Sports, 1890-1899

Chapter 4. American Sports, 1900-1909

Chapter 5. American Sports, 1910-1919

Chapter 6. American Sports, 1920-1929

Chapter 7. American Sports, 1930-1939

Volume Two, 1940 to the Present

Chapter 8. American Sports, 1940-1949

Chapter 9. American Sports, 1950-1959

Chapter 10. American Sports, 1960-1969

Chapter 11. American Sports, 1970-1979

Chapter 12. American Sports 1980-1989

Chapter 13. American Sports, 1990 to the Present

Resource Guide

About the Contributors

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