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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 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
|Publisher:||Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||7.20(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.80(d)|
About 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).
Table of Contents
Volume One, Colonial Years to 1940
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
About the Contributors