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Kenneth Cohen - They Will Have Their Game: Sporting Culture and the Making of the Early American Republic — at Politics and Prose at The Wharf

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Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Focusing on Americans’ leisure pursuits such as sports, gambling, theater, and drinking from 1760 to 1860, Cohen tracks the ways these activities fostered democratic ideas grounded in equal opportunity even as they reinforced social hierarchies. This multi-faceted look at gaming considers the perspectives and interests of participants, promoters, and investors, and examines in detail how managers and promoters used sporting events for their own economic and political advantage. Cohen, a curator at the Smithsonian Museum of American History and associate professor of history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, draws on a wide range of published and unpublished financial records, correspondence, and material and visual evidence to illuminate the formative role of games in American culture.

 

Politics and Prose at The Wharf
70 District Square SW
Washington, DC 20024
The Wharf
Non Fiction
They Will Have Their Game: Sporting Culture and the Making of the Early American Republic Cover Image
$55.00
ISBN: 9781501705496
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Cornell University Press - December 15th, 2017

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