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Chapter 1. Sporting Experiences in Colonial America, 1400-1750 Native American Pastimes and Sports Influence of Religion on English Colonists Sport in American Colonies Summary Chapter 2. Sport and Pastimes in the American Revolutionary Era and Early National Period, 1750-1820 The Great Awakening and the Place of Sport Consumerism and Changing Patterns of Colonial Life The Enlightenment in America and Ideas of Sport and the Body Frontier and Backcountry Sport Women's Active Recreation in the Revolutionary Era and Early National Period Native American Sport Sporting Practices During the American Revolutionary War Turn of the Nineteenth Century and Societal Patterns Summary Chapter 3. Antebellum Health Reforms and Sporting Forms, 1820-1860 Overview of the Antebellum Period Health Reformers Muscular Christianity Women and Physical Activity Rural Sporting Practices Rise of Agricultural and Sporting Journalism Sporting Practices of the Middle and Upper Classes Public Spaces for Health and Sport Sporting Pastimes of African Americans and Native Americans Immigrants and Sporting Cultures Summary Chapter 4. Rise of Rationalized and Modern Sport, 1850-1870 Concept of Modern Sport Subcommunities and the Growth of Modern Sport Sporting Fraternity Growth of Sports Clubs and Advancing Rational Recreation Growth of American Team Sport and Competition Rise of Intercollegiate Sport The Civil War and Sporting Experiences Summary Chapter 5. New Identities and Expanding Modes of Sport in the Gilded Age, 1870-1890 Sport and Social Stratification Maintaining Ethnic Forms of Leisure Development of an Intercollegiate Sporting Culture Male Sporting Culture Business of Sport Gendered Sport, Class, and Social Roles Regulation of Sport: Amateurism Versus Professionalism Summary Chapter 6. American Sport and Social Change During the Early Progressive Era, 1890-1900 Social Reformers of the Progressive Era Play and Games in American Ideology Recreational Spaces Back-to-Nature Movement Ethnic Groups Body Culture Sport and Technology Modern Olympic Games Summary Chapter 7. Sport as Symbol: Acculturation and Imperialism, 1900-1920 Sport, Ethnicity, and the Quest for Social Mobility Assimilation of Disparate Groups in American Society Challenging Gender Boundaries Resistance to Social Reform Sport and Colonialism Sport During World War I Summary Chapter 8. Sport, Heroic Athletes, and Popular Culture, 1920-1950 War, Depression, and the Shaping of America Social Change and the Spread of Sport Heroes in the Golden Age Media and the Commercialization of Sport Summary Chapter 9. Sport as TV Spectacle, Big Business, and Political Site, 1950-1980 Sport in the Cold War Evolution of the Sport-Media Relationship Incorporation of Alternative Heroes Professional Sport and Labor Relations Sport and the Civil Rights Movement Sport, Narcissism, and the Existential Search for Self Scientific Advancements and the Growth of Sport Summary Chapter 10. Globalized Sport, 1980-2000 Corporate Sporting Culture Drawing Fans to Baseball Michael Jordan and the Growth of Professional Basketball Intercollegiate Sport and the NCAA Women and Sport Drug and Body Abuse Among Athletes Violence in Sport Discrimination at the End of the Twentieth Century Individuality and Sport Icons Alternative Sports Summary Chapter 11. Sport in the Early Twenty-First Century, 2000-2015 Business of Professional Sports Teams Intercollegiate Sport and Conference Changes Title IX and Sport Leadership Women's Professional Teams and Endorsements Modern Olympic Challenges and Stars Sporting Crises Traumatic Brain Injury X Games and Alternative Sports Youth Sports Rise of the Runner The Future of Sport Summary
Gerald R. Gems, PhD, is a professor in the kinesiology department at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Gems serves on the Executive Council and Scientific Committee of the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport and is a past president of the North American Society for Sport History. He presented the 2016 Routledge Keynote where he received the Routledge Prize in Sport History. Dr. Gems is an international scholar and the author of more than 200 publications, including 18 books. He was president of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) from 2003 to 2005 as well as the book review editor of the Journal of Sport History for more than two decades. He also received the Fulbright Senior Specialist Award for 2007 to 2012 and was an Illinois Roads Scholar in history from 1999 to 2003. Dr. Gems earned his PhD in sport history at the University of Maryland. In addition to his role at North Central College, Dr. Gems serves as the vice president for the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport (ISHPES). Linda J. Borish, PhD, an associate professor of history and gender and women's studies at Western Michigan University and is jointly appointed in the departments of history and gender and women's studies. Dr. Borish has focused her research on American women's sport and health history. Her research has appeared in both national and international publications. She is lead editor for The Routledge History of American Sport (Routledge, 2016), and was selected in 2001-2002 as the International Ambassador for the North American Society for Sport History and also served on its Executive Council and Publications Board. She is executive producer and historian of the documentary film Jewish Women in American Sport: Settlement Houses to the Olympics and has received numerous research grants related to American women and sport history in rural and urban contexts. Borish was the book review coeditor of the Journal of Sport History from 1996 to 2000. Dr. Borish earned her PhD in American studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. In addition to her role at Western Michigan University, Borish is a research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, Brandeis University. Gertrud Pfister, PhD, is a professor at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. She has earned PhDs in sport history and sociology at the University of Regensburg and the Ruhr-University Bochum. She was president of the International Sport Sociology Society from 2001 to 2007. Pfister was also president of the International Society for the History of Sport and Physical Education from 1993 to 2000 and won the association's award for lifelong achievements in the area of sport history in 2005. She won the Darlene Kluka Award of the Women`s Sport Foundation in 2006, the Award of the European Working Group Women in Sport in 2009, the Dorothy Ainsworth Research Award of the International Association of Physical Education and Sport for Girls and Women (IAPESGW), and the Els Schroeder Award of the German Gymnastic Association (DTB) for research on women and sport 2013. Pfister earned honorary doctorates at the Semmelweis University in Budapest 2007 and at the University of Malmoe in 2013. She received tthe Order of the Dannebrog, as a knight 1. Class, from the Danish queen in 2015 and the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1. Class, in 2016. Pfister is a fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education and the European College of Sport Science.
"An ideal curriculum textbook, Sports in American History: From Colonization to Globalization is exceptionally well written, organized, and presented. Very highly recommended for both community and academic library sports history reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists, Sports in American History will be much appreciated by both academia and nonspecialist general readers with an interest in the culture and history of American sports."--Midwest Book Review (review of first edition) Sports in American History does a more than laudable job of including the ways in which individual women and nonwhites participated in and shaped American sport history; it also faithfully discusses and describes how the processes of colonization and Americanization and globalization occur, both through sport and concurrently.--Matt Hodler, Visiting Assistant Professor in Sport Leadership & Management, Miami University Department of Kinesiology & Health