During the 19th century, Americans repeatedly used sport, recreation and play to signal their prowess and status to others.

19th century, Americans repeatedly

Choose one (1) of the following and, in an essay of no fewer than seven and no more than nine pages, use it as a platform to summarize and explicate the most important themes of the course:

Sport, recreation, and play changed significantly over the course of the 19th century in the United States because work changed significantly over the course of the 19th century in the United States

During the 19th century, Americans repeatedly used sport, recreation and play to signal their prowess and status to others.  However, the ways they did so changed over the course of the century.

Over the course of the 19th century in the United States, a series of social and economic forces separated the world of work and play – and then, by 1900, caused them to coalesce again.

Requirements and Guidelines:

Draw on assigned course readings in the construction of your answer.  It will be evaluated based on quality of answer, quality of prose, and level of familiarity it demonstrates with course themes and assigned readings.  Responses which demonstrate mastery of assigned readings and course themes will score well.  Responses which demonstrate ignorance of assigned readings and course themes will score poorly, no matter what other merits they might possess.  For this reason, you are strongly advised to limit your supporting materials to those presented in the course.

Your answer must draw on primary source documents from no fewer than seven (7) modules.  Furthermore, at least one primary source document each from modules 14, 15, and 16 must be among the materials you draw upon.  These are minimum requirements; feel free to draw as widely on course materials as your preparation allows.

Note on sources: “Primary sources” refer to sources, documents, or other evidence from the time period in question.  They are different from “secondary sources,” which are created by historians.  The National Police Gazette and American Fistiana are primary sources; Gorn’s The Many Art is a secondary source.  You are encouraged to use both primary and secondary sources in support of your essay, but only primary sources count toward your seven-module-minimum requirement.

Your paper must be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins on all four sides of the page.  Please use 12-point Times or Times New Roman font.  Papers must contain proper citation of all material taken from written sources and be free of errors in grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation. You must properly credit all material taken from written sources; please use either MLA (parenthetical) or Chicago (footnote) citation style.

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