Sports in America : From Colonial Times to the Twenty-first Century

Perhaps no country in the world has embraced sports — in both their spectatorial and their participatory forms — quite like the United States. Certainly, as the historical emphasis of this encyclopedia reveals, no country has embraced sports so readily and so enthusiastically. Since colonial times, sports in America have been a major source of entertainment, a form of recreation, and a way of achieving physical fitness. Sports have helped define who Americans are, even as Americans have put their own stamp on sports.

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