Pigskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas High School Football Coaches / Edition 1

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Pigskin Pulpit weaves together a compelling story, making use of extensive interviews with more than eighty Texas high school football coaches. Most of them entered the profession between the 1930s and the 1950s, and collectively their voices provide a character study of a unique breed of men whose deeply planted values were nurtured in the common experiences of traditional Texas culture, economic depression, and times of war. The book also surveys the portrayals and perceptions of Texas high school coaches in popular culture and scholarly works, as well as addresses the concerns that modern-day Texans have expressed over such football-related issues as education, brutality, racism, and competition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876111680
  • Publisher: Texas State Historical Association
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

TY CASHION, the author of many books and articles on Texas history and culture, is professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Overview
Ch. 1 The Coaches and the Game 13
Pt. II The Development of Coaching and Texas High School Football, 1890-1945
Ch. 2 Pioneers on a Hundred-Yard Long Frontier: Football in Texas, 1890-1930 49
Ch. 3 Growing Up on Black-Eyed Peas and Football: Coaches' Childhoods, 1920s-1940s 75
Ch. 4 A Rough Sport for Tough Times: Football in the Great Depression 91
Ch. 5 Down at the Stadium and Other Theaters of War: Football in the 1940s 115
Pt. III The Golden Age of Texas High School Football, 1945-1970
Ch. 6 The Last Days of the Iron Man: Texas High School Football at Its Peak 141
Ch. 7 A Glorious and Bittersweet Career: Coaching in the Golden Age 175
Ch. 8 Autumn Widows and Other Dependents: The Coaches and Their Families 207
Pt. IV An Era of Change and Crisis: The 1960s and Beyond
Ch. 9 Falling Out of Step: Coaches and Changing Values 225
Ch. 10 Circling the Wagons: Coaches' Reflections on Their Lives and the Game 255
Appendix 281
Notes 287
Index 295
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