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

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

by Murry R. Nelson
 

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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,

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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 in American culture, including such topics as:

� Ethnicity, Gender and Sports

� Economics. From $5 per game to astronomical salaries in professional sports, and big paydays for college competition

� Popular Team Sports and Sports for Individuals

� Sports and the News Media

� The Olympics.

� Wartime America and Sports

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 reading.

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313347917
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/30/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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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