Baseball and American History
LANCTOT, NEIL J.
Since the mid-nineteenth century, baseball has been considered America's national game. Yet baseball is more than simply a sport; its fascinating history also provides a unique window into America’s past. Through readings, videos, and discussion, we will consider how baseball has both shaped and been shaped by critical developments of modern American history. Particular emphasis will be placed on studying baseball's influence on race, gender, urbanism, labor relations, and other relevant societal issues. Requirements will include active participation in the seminar, a short response paper, and a longer research paper.