Ethnicity and Sport in North American History and Culture

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Overview

The editors use the unique lens of the history of sports to examine ethnic experiences in North America since 1840. Comprised of 12 original essays and an Introduction, it chronicles sport as a social institution through which various ethnic and racial groups attempted to find the way to social and psychological acceptance and cultural integration. Included are chapters on Native Americans, Irish-Americans, German-Americans, Canadians, African-Americans, Italian-Americans, Hispanics, and several more, showing how their sports participation also provided these communities with some measure of social mobility, self-esteem, and a shared pride.

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Meet the Author

GEORGE EISEN is Professor and Coordinator of Sociocultural Study and Sport and Play at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

DAVID K. WIGGINS is Professor of Physical Education at George Mason University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Early European Attitudes toward Native American Sports and Pastimes 1
2 Forty-Eighters and the Rise of the Turnverein Movement in America 19
3 A Home in the South: The Turners of Galveston, Texas, 1840-65 43
4 The Shamrock and the Eagle: Irish Americans and Sport in the Nineteenth Century 55
5 Jews and Baseball: A Cultural Love Story 75
6 The Italian-American Sporting Experience 103
7 The Recreation and Leisure Pursuits of Japanese Americans in World War II Internment Camps 117
8 The Notion of Double-Consciousness and the Involvement of Black Athletes in American Sport 133
9 Sport in Philadelphia's African-American Community, 1865-1900 157
10 Sport and the Americanization of Ethnic Women in Chicago 177
11 Radical Immigrants and the Workers' Sports Federation of Canada, 1924-37 201
12 Sport and Social Mobility among African-American and Hispanic Athletes 221
Index 243
Contributors 247
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