Learning to Win: Sports, Education, and Social Change in by Pamela Grundy

By Pamela Grundy

Over the last century, highschool and school athletics have grown into one in all America's such a lot beloved--and such a lot controversial--institutions, inspiring nice loyalty whereas sparking fierce disputes. during this richly targeted e-book, Pamela Grundy examines the various meanings that faculty activities took on in North Carolina, linking athletic courses at nation universities, public excessive faculties, women's schools, and African American academic associations to social and financial shifts that come with the growth of undefined, the arrival of girl suffrage, and the increase and fall of Jim Crow. Drawing seriously on oral heritage interviews, Grundy charts the various pleasures of athletics, from the straightforward pleasure of yard basketball to the pleasure of a nation championship run. She additionally explores conflicts provoked via activities in the state--clashes over the expansion of school athletics, the propriety of women's pageant, and the relationship among activities and racial integration, for instance. inside of this chronicle, primary athletic narratives tackle new meanings, relocating past undying tales of braveness, fortitude, or failure to light up questions about race, manhood and womanhood, the aim of schooling, the that means of pageant, and the constitution of yank society.

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The risks that football’s supporters were willing to run hinted at the depth of concerns about their place in a changing society. Such concerns were indeed palpable throughout North Carolina, as young white men pursued their own vision of racial redemption. They had lived much of their lives in the shadow of a lost war and in the economic wreckage it had produced throughout the region. Painful memories of the devastation su√ered by their parents’ generation intensified their determination both to raise their region from poverty and to reestablish control over their state.

The interest black North Carolinians had begun to take in the broader meanings of athletic achievement was suggested in a lengthy description of a game between Harvard and the University of Pennsylvania published in the Charlottebased AME Zion Quarterly Review in 1900. The article focused on W. H. Lewis, the nation’s first black All-American football player, who had become a parttime director of the Harvard football squad. Lewis was a man of numerous accomplishments—in addition to his athletic honors and coaching skills he had become a successful lawyer and writer.

For two hundred and fifty years,’’ Joseph Price told an audience in 1890, ‘‘the white man of the South saw only the animal, or mechanical side of the Negro. . ’’ Many working-class African Americans sought to mark their freedom through exuberant physical display, through parades and fancy dress, and even through physical assertion, 36 men’s college athletics as when the black baseball fan challenged the Davidson student. In contrast, most middle-class black leaders adopted a strategy of respectability, determined to buttress their claims to citizenship through strict adherence to the sober, restrained ideals that constituted Victorian visions of civilized behavior.

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