SOCIAL SCIENCES

Teaching U.S. History Through Sports

Univ. of Wisconsin. Aug. 2019. 360p. ed. by ed. by Brad Austin & Pamela Grundy. index. ISBN 9780299321208. $34.95. ED
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Editors Austin (history, Salem State Univ.; Democratic Sports: Men’s and Women’s College Sports During the Depression) and Grundy (Learning To Win: Sports, Education and Social Change in Twentieth-Century North Carolina) have collected a practical, varied set of writings about how to use the history of sports to teach U.S. history. Though most of the contributors are college professors who teach undergraduates, many of the ideas discussed could be adapted to a high school setting. Thematically arranged chapters explore everything from overviews of historical periods and personalities to race and gender, and offer potential lesson plans, teaching methods, and primary sources. Douglas A. Noverr and Lawrence E. Ziewacz’s Sports History, by contrast, stresses the breadth of sports history from antiquity to the 20th century; both books would make excellent companion works for sports history instructors or enthusiasts.
VERDICT General readers and educators will find much to spark their imaginations in this thoughtful work, from lists of resources to ways of connecting athletic history to larger social and cultural issues

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