King Football: Sport and Spectacle in the Golden Age of Radio and Newsreels, Movies and Magazines, the Weekly and the Daily Press / Edition 1

King Football: Sport and Spectacle in the Golden Age of Radio and Newsreels, Movies and Magazines, the Weekly and the Daily Press / Edition 1

by Michael Oriard
     
 

This landmark work explores the vibrant world of football from the 1920s through the 1950s, a period in which the game became deeply embedded in American life. Though millions experienced the thrills of college and professional football firsthand during these years, many more encountered the game through their daily newspapers or the weekly Saturday EveningSee more details below

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This landmark work explores the vibrant world of football from the 1920s through the 1950s, a period in which the game became deeply embedded in American life. Though millions experienced the thrills of college and professional football firsthand during these years, many more encountered the game through their daily newspapers or the weekly Saturday Evening Post, on radio broadcasts, and in the newsreels and feature films shown at their local movie theaters. Asking what football meant to these millions who followed it either casually or passionately, Michael Oriard reconstructs a media-created world of football and explores its deep entanglements with a modernizing American society.

Football, claims Oriard, served as an agent of "Americanization" for immigrant groups but resisted attempts at true integration and racial equality, while anxieties over the domestication and affluence of middle-class American life helped pave the way for the sport's rise in popularity during the Cold War. Underlying these threads is the story of how the print and broadcast media, in ways specific to each medium, were powerful forces in constructing the football culture we know today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807826508
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/26/2001
Edition description:
1
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
Pt. IIn the Kingdom of Football
Ch. 1Reading, Watching, and Listening to Football23
Ch. 2Local Football65
Ch. 3Who Cares about Reform?101
Ch. 4Players' or Coaches' - Whose Game Is It?126
Ch. 5Gridiron, U.S.A.162
Ch. 6Sanctioning Savagery199
Pt. IIWhat We Think About When We Think About Football
Ch. 7Class?225
Ch. 8Ethnicity255
Ch. 9Race283
Ch. 10Masculinity328
Epilogue: Into the Age of Television364
App. AFootball Films, 1920-1960371
App. BFootball Covers on the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's, 1920-1960374
App. CFootball Fiction in the Saturday Evening Post and Collier's, 1920-1960378
Notes383
Bibliography435
Index471

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