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 following: the professionalization of sports and the transformation from amateur game to big business; industrial sports, race, and the evolving position of African American athletes; mass media’s effect on sports; the shifting role of women in sports; 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.