By Dave Zirin
A rollicking, rebellious, myth-busting historical past of activities in the United States that places politics within the ring with pop culture.
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26 The first tide of immigrants was arriving from Europe and brought their own traditions of play into the cities. At the same time, Native Americans with their own games and traditions were being vanquished. In 1820, 120,000 Indians lived east of the Mississippi. By 1844, fewer than 30,000 remained. Those who survived invasion and disease had been forced under the shadow of genocide to migrate westward. ” Though he would have preferred this be done with “a smaller sacrifice; that the aboriginal population had accommodated themselves to the inevitable change of their condition .
Sports reflected every tension. The games played among the working many became more brutal than—and more segregated from—those of their wealthy counterparts. Bull baiting was an early favorite among the rural poor, with rat baiting its urban complement. Here is one anonymous description of an early bull-baiting affair that took place in Baltimore:The bull was a fine, well-bred creature; seven or eight dogs were turned loose on him at once. They soon tore his ears off, and shockingly lacerated his head which made the poor thing bellow hideously and run about in every direction to the length of his chain, maddened with pain.
All I had read of the legal status of women, and the oppression I saw everywhere, together swept across my soul. . 29 It was at Seneca Falls that the onetime slave Sojourner Truth would make a famous speech in which she said:That man over there says that woman needs to be helped into carriages and lifted over ditches. . Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles or gives me any best place. And ain’t I a woman? Look at my arm! I have ploughed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me!
A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play by Dave Zirin