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UGRD > HIST > 396

America's National Pastime: The History of Baseball

Baseball has been dubbed Americas Pastime. This course will trace the history of the sport from its mid-nineteenth-century origins to the present day. We will study baseball as a lens through which to understand various social, cultural, and economic changes in American society over the past 150 years. Among the themes we will be discussing: the struggles between labor and capital; the effects of urbanization and industrialization; demographic changes such as immigration and geographic shifts in population; the legacy of racial segregation and race relations; the effects of scandals and corruption; and the role of statistics to measure the interpret the game.

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