Making the American Team

Making the American Team : Sport, Culture, and the Olympic Experience

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Mark Dyreson locates the invasion of sport at the heart of American culture at the turn of the century. It was then that social reformers and political leaders believed that sport could revitalize the "republican experiment, " that a new sense of national identity could forge a new sense of community and a healthy political order as it would serve to link America's thinking classes with the experiences of the masses. Nowhere was this better exemplified than in American accounts of the Olympic Games held between 1896 and 1912. In connecting sport to American history and culture, Dyreson has stepped up to the plate and hit one out of the park.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 651.92g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252066545
  • 9780252066542

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"Dyreson's well-written, well-researched book is the first scholarly work to establish the historical origins of American cultural sentiment linking Olympic performance to national importance... Fortunately... this is not another positivist read on episodes of Olympic glory... Should be commended for its breadth of research and for its critical insights on American sports leaders." -- Kevin B. Wamsley, Labour/Le Travail "An excellent addition to the wealth of Olympic literature, most notably the historically based works of Guttmann, and also draws on the multitude of American themess within the Games. Importantly it demonstrates the political use of sport in America." -- Mike Cronin, The Sports Historian "An example of the history of ideas applied to the history of sport... A welcome addition to the literature." -- Tony Mason, Labour History Reviewshow more

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