By Steven A. Riess
A significant other to American activity History offers a set of unique essays that characterize the 1st complete research of scholarship in terms of the transforming into box of yankee activity history.
- Presents the 1st whole research of the scholarship with regards to the educational heritage of yankee sport
- Features contributions from the various best students operating within the box of yank recreation history
- Includes assurance of the chronology of activities from colonial occasions to the current day, together with significant activities comparable to baseball, soccer, basketball, boxing, golfing, motor racing, tennis, and tune and fieldï¿½
- Addresses the connection of activities to urbanization, expertise, gender, race, social category, and genres similar to activities biography
Awarded 2015 top Anthology from the North American Society for recreation background (NASSH)
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Extra resources for A Companion to American Sport History
The standard history of the Spanish borderlands, David J. Weber’s The Spanish Frontier in North America (1992), is an excellent, richly analytical, overview of its subject. Yet there is only one brief mention of sporting activity, a horse race in San Antonio in 1778, and Weber’s purpose is to comment on the poor quality of the streets. As it happens, San Antonio is the setting for the only sustained examination of leisure on the borderlands. Jesus F. De la Teja (2009) finds that local officials were hostile to many leisure activities because they promoted gambling and other socially disruptive behavior, an attitude the Puritan fathers shared.
In Boston at least, their efforts yielded scant results until after the Civil War (Hardy 1982: 43–53, 129–132). Adelman (1986: 1–3) does not deny the centrality of the late nineteenth century as a watershed in the development of modern sport, but he does contend that the prewar period was more significant than previous historians have realized. Hardy takes 1865 as his starting point; Adelman ends his account only five years later. He examines the gamut of organized athletic activity in New York City, covering everything from yachting to animal blood sports.
But the very lack of borrowing is itself revealing of English cultural arrogance. The contrast with Canada is stark. There the French pursued much more extensive cultural interaction with Indians. Small wonder that lacrosse, a Native American game, has figured much more prominently in the sports pantheon north of the forty-ninth parallel than it does to the south. Leaving aside the question of Native American influence, or the lack thereof, on the development of sport among the colonists, the role of sport among Indian peoples deserves telling for its own sake.
A Companion to American Sport History by Steven A. Riess