This course will examine the history of sports in America, from the Colonial Era to the highly organized contests of the present. Students will study how major events and trends in sports history are analyzed and placed within the broader context of American history, considering how historical processes influenced the rise of sport, and how sport influenced major social and cultural developments such as the impact of industrialization and urbanization on the development of the nation’s tradition. Although lectures and videos will comprise a good part of class time, class discussion and assigned readings are a major component of this course. Course grade will also be based on two exams, quizzes, homework assignments and term paper/project.