A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years by Dave Zirin

By Dave Zirin

A rollicking, rebellious, myth-busting background of activities in the United States that places politics within the ring with pop culture.

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According to one account, Walker was surrounded by fans and allegedly brandished a loaded revolver and threatened to put a hole in someone in the crowd. ”63 But Walker—even though he is now a baseball footnote and most fans think Jackie Robinson was the first African American player—didn’t fade into obscurity. The son of an Ohio doctor, Walker went to Oberlin College, a school with roots in the abolitionist movement. ) Walker went on to both run a hotel and become an inventor of early movie cameras.

7. Imprudent or immoral conduct. 8. Exclusion from the church. 9. A runaway-match. 10. Poverty and discontent. 11. Shame and disgrace. 12. 31 Despite these perils, women’s colleges after the Civil War began to offer athletic options. Sports also came to symbolize the movement for suffrage. The development of the rubber tire and growth of the bicycle craze was widely accepted as a tool for women’s liberation. ” Susan B. Anthony agreed, saying,Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world: It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.

69 With overcrowded cities came conflict. In 1884, women’s assemblies of textile workers and hat makers went on strike. The following year in New York, cloak and shirt makers, both men and women (holding separate meetings but acting together), went on strike. 70 The year 1893 saw an economic crisis that rocked the country. After years of unfettered growth, the walls tumbled down: 642 banks and 16,000 businesses shut their doors. Out of 15 million workers, 3 million were unemployed. 71 As the Chicago Times described the railroad strike of 1894:To say that the mob went wild is but a weak expression.

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