Working Americans 1880-2009 Volume X: Sports & Recreation focuses on the lighter side of life in America. Examining professional sports to amateur sports to leisure time and recreation, this interesting volume illustrates how Americans had fun from the Civil War to the present time.
Intriguing profiles in each decade-long chapter are supplemented with information on current events, community issues, pricing of the times and news articles to give the reader a broader understanding of what was happening in that individual’s world and how it shaped their life.
Family or Individual Profiles: Profiles examine life at home, at work and in the community. The highly-readable narrative is supported by hard facts and real life situations drawn from diaries, private print books, family histories, estate documents, magazine articles and more.
Historical Snapshots: Chronicles major events and milestones, allowing the reader to develop a broader understanding of the time period.
Timelines: Defines the background and key events of a particular issue important to the time period.
News Features: Excerpted from the local media, these thought-provoking articles put the issues affecting the family or individual in context.
Selected Prices: Examines what things cost during the time period, to further enrich the reader’s understanding. Prices include food items, clothing, jewelry, tickets for leisure activities and so much more.
Illustrations: Photographs, news clippings, advertisements, postcards, posters, quotes, songs and cartoons, add interest to each chapter and depth to the reader’s understanding of the world that the individual or family lived in.
Readers will be able to examine the growth of professional sports and how ticket prices changed over the years, look at what games were popular, find out how early Americans spent their leisure time and get and understanding of the importance of recreation in any time period.
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