Sportsmen and Gamesmen

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University of Missouri Press, 2002 - 350 pages

The gradual transformation of the British aristocratic sporting tradition into a popular one in America is a principal theme of Sportsmen and Gamesmen. John Dizikes locates the distinction between sportsmen and gamesmen in different attitudes toward rules. Beginning with Andrew Jackson, the personification of American democracy, for whom the traditional code of conduct was a vital part of the sporting spirit, he finds a diversity of views in the next generation of American sportsmen, some accepting, other modifying or rejecting, the old sporting code, which came, in the changing conditions and values of nineteenth-century American life, to seem irrelevant, almost un-American. These sporting portraits vividly depict the process of creating a distinctive American sporting culture.
 

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Contents

The Sportsman and the Hermitage
3
The General and the Colonel
23
William T Porter and the Spirit of the Times
47
Henry William Herbert and Frank Forester
67
John Cox Stevens and America
91
Richard Ten Broeck and the American Invasion
123
Paul Morphy Against the World
159
John C Heenan and Adah Menken
193
PART III
235
Games and Hoaxing
267
From Draw Poker to the Twentieth
291
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About the author (2002)

John Dizikes is Professor of History and American Studies at the University of California-Santa Cruz. He is the author of several books, including Yankee Doodle Dandy: The Life and Times of Tod Sloan.

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