Sports in History

Course Description: 

In this course we will explore the significance of sport in American history. As we read stories of races won, touchdowns scored, and players rounding the bases, we will look beyond the action on the field of competition and focus on these main themes: the impact of immigration, industrialization, and urbanization on the games Americans played; the class origins of sports like baseball, boxing, and football; sport and the conflict between labor and capital; racial prejudice, exclusion, and integration in sport; athleticism and the evolving ideas about masculinity and womanhood; the links between sport, patriotism, and national identity; and sport as an arena for political protest. Regardless of the particular topic, throughout the semester I will ask you to consider how sports have reflected larger trends in American life as well as influenced American history and the world we occupy today—whether this influence has been positive or negative is another question we will consider.

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