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They Will Have Their Game – Sporting Culture and the Making of the Early American Republic - Cornell Scholarship Online
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They Will Have Their Game: Sporting Culture and the Making of the Early American Republic

Kenneth Cohen

Abstract

They Will Have Their Game explores how sports, drinking, gambling, and theater produced a sense of democracy while also reinforcing racial, gender, and class divisions in early America. Drawing on unparalleled research into the personal papers of the investors behind sporting events, Cohen demonstrates how investors, participants, and professional performers from all sorts of backgrounds saw these "sporting" activities as stages for securing economic and political advantage over others. The book tracks the evolution of this fight for power from 1760 to 1860, showing how elites gradually conced ... More

Keywords: History, Sport, Theatre, Taverns, Entertainment, Business, Masculinity, Democracy, Political Culture, Early America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501705496
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501705496.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth Cohen, author
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

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