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The Sporting World of the Modern South
edited by Patrick B. Miller
University of Illinois Press, 2002
Cloth: 978-0-252-02718-5 | Paper: 978-0-252-07036-5
Library of Congress Classification GV584.S68S66 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.4830975

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Engaging a medley of perspectives and methodologies, these collected essays explore the sport-related symbols and events that have shaped southern regional identities since the Civil War. The authors range from the "backcountry" fighter stereotypes portrayed in modern professional wrestling to the significance of Crimson Tide coaching legend Paul "Bear" Bryant for white Alabamians while other essays tackle gender and race relations in intercollegiate athletics, the roles athletic competitions played in desegregating the South, and NASCAR's popularity in southern states. 


Pairing the action and anecdotes of good sportswriting with rock-solid scholarship, The Sporting World of the Modern South adds historical and anthropological perspectives to legends and lore from the gridiron to the racetrack.


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