Colorado: A Sports History

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University Press of Colorado, 1999 - History - 494 pages
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One of only a handful of states with four major league teams, Colorado's history can be traced through its relationship with sports. In Colorado: A Sports History, James Whiteside uses athletics as a historical lens to view the people, culture, business, and politics of Colorado from its original American Indian occupants to the Broncos' Super Bowl victories. This unique new volume demonstrates how sports history can illuminate the business, politics, class, race, gender, mores, and values of a society.

Whiteside divides Colorado athletics into three categories to show how they reflected and affected their environment. In pre-industrial Colorado, sports and games in Indian villages and early mining towns were shaped by work, community life, and even religion. As leisure time increased for many in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, sport evolved into a more popular recreational activity. The progression of the twentieth century has changed many sports from small-town pastimes into profitable businesses, as exemplified by the growth of the recreational industry and by college football's transformation from a young gentleman's game into a multimillion-dollar enterprise. Whiteside also examines the politics behind certain athletic events in Colorado's history, including the state's rejection of the 1976 Winter Olympics.

Colorado: A Sports History is enhanced with a fine selection of historical photographs depicting Colorado sports and their participants. This meticulously researched book offers scholars a new perspective for studying the state's fascinating history while also appealing to the general reader interested in sports or the state of Colorado.

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James Whiteside received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches in the Department of History and Division of Continuing Education.

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