History 374 (Hi 59) Special Topics: American Sports History

"It has long been my conviction that we can learn far more about the conditions and values, of a society by contemplating how it chooses to play, to use its free time, to take its leisure, than by examining how it goes about its work."—A. Bartlett Giamatti

Description of the Course: American Sports History will study the development of sports in America from colonial times to the present. Following Giamatti's lead, we will see the intersection between sports and changes and issues in politics, culture, race, economics, gender and class in American history. Sports both reflect and shape our cultural ideas. Some of the topics covered are: Western sports heritage; sport in Colonial America; Rise of Organized Sport; Baseball as the National Pastime; John L. Sullivan and the rise of boxing; Collegiate sports; industrialization, urbanization, and sports; the Strenuous Life and Muscular Christianity; professional sports; sports and race and gender; the sports boom and the rise of football and basketball; and other topics. By looking back on the history of sports, the role sports play in our present culture will be easier to understand.

Class Time: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:30 PM-1:20 PM

This course is taught by: Father William Sullivan

Saint Anselm College, a Benedictine, Catholic, Liberal Arts College
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