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For more than a hundred years, baseball has been woven into the American way of life.
By the time they reach high school, children have learned about the struggles and triumphs of players like Jackie Robinson.
Generations of family members often gather together to watch their favorite athletes in stadiums or on TV.
Famous players like Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken, and Derek Jeter have shown their athletic prowess on the field and captured the hearts of millions of fans, while the sport itself has influenced American culture like no other athletic endeavor.
In Baseball and American Culture: A History, John P. Rossi builds on the research and writing of four generations of baseball historians.
Tracing the intimate connections between developments in baseball and changes in American society, Rossi examines a number of topics including:
- The spread of the sport from the North to the South during the Civil War*the impact on the sport during the Depression and World War II
- Baseball's expansion in the post-war years
- The role of baseball in the Civil Rights movement
- The sport's evolution during the modern eraComplimented by supplementary readings and discussion questions linked to each chapter, this book pays special attention to the ways in which baseball has influenced American culture and values.
Baseball and American Culture is the ultimate resource for students, scholars, and fans interested in how this classic sport has helped shape the nation.