Sport in America after 1900
This course will trace major developments in American sports history since 1900. A number of topics will be discussed including the professionalization of sports and the transformation from amateur game to big business, industrial sport, race and the evolving position of African American athletes, mass media’s effect on sports, the shifting role of women in sports, and the “Golden Age” of sports in the 1920s and the creation of athletic celebrities. Knowledge of current sports is not a prerequisite for this course. Requirements will include active participation in the seminar, a short response paper, and a longer research paper.