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Walter Camp : Football and the Modern Man

By: Des Jardins, Julie.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (417 p.).ISBN: 9780199925636.Subject(s): Camp, Walter, 1859-1925 | Football players--United States | Football players--United States--Biography | Football--United States--History | HISTORY / United States / 20th Century | HISTORY / United States / General | SPORTS & RECREATION / HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Walter Camp : Football and the Modern ManDDC classification: 796.332092 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Walter Camp; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Pregame Commentary; Introduction: The Forgotten "Father of Football"; first quarter: adolescence; 1. Survival of the Fittest in New Haven, 1860s-1880; 2. The Disillusionment of Afterlife, 1881-1887; second quarter: manhood epitomized; 3. Alice and All-American-ness, 1888-1891; 4. Manifest Destiny, 1892-1893; 5. Necessary Roughness? 1894; 6. Martial, Marketable, and Masculine, 1895-1899; Halftime: The Yale Man at the Turn of the Century; third quarter: manhood tested; 7. Camp's Boyology: The Making of Eligible Men
8. Make Men, but Do Not Break Them, 1903-19069. Rewriting the Gridiron Narrative, 1906-1912; fourth quarter: manhood reconsidered; 10. Realizing Real All-Americans in the 1910s; 11. Changing of the Guard, 1910-1916; 12. Preparing Men for Real Battle, 1917-1918; 13. Death and Democratization, 1919-1925; Postgame Analysis; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index
Summary: Americans are obsessed with football, yet they know little about the man who shaped the game to make it uniquely technical, physical, and 'man-making' at once. Walter Camp, the ""Father of American Football,"" was the foremost authority on American athletics and arguably the greatest amateur American athlete of his time. In Walter Camp: Football and the Modern Man, Julie Des Jardins chronicles the life of the clock company executive and self-made athlete who remade football and redefined the ideal man. As a student at Yale University, Camp was a varsity letterman who led the earliest efforts t
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Cover; Walter Camp; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Pregame Commentary; Introduction: The Forgotten "Father of Football"; first quarter: adolescence; 1. Survival of the Fittest in New Haven, 1860s-1880; 2. The Disillusionment of Afterlife, 1881-1887; second quarter: manhood epitomized; 3. Alice and All-American-ness, 1888-1891; 4. Manifest Destiny, 1892-1893; 5. Necessary Roughness? 1894; 6. Martial, Marketable, and Masculine, 1895-1899; Halftime: The Yale Man at the Turn of the Century; third quarter: manhood tested; 7. Camp's Boyology: The Making of Eligible Men

8. Make Men, but Do Not Break Them, 1903-19069. Rewriting the Gridiron Narrative, 1906-1912; fourth quarter: manhood reconsidered; 10. Realizing Real All-Americans in the 1910s; 11. Changing of the Guard, 1910-1916; 12. Preparing Men for Real Battle, 1917-1918; 13. Death and Democratization, 1919-1925; Postgame Analysis; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

Americans are obsessed with football, yet they know little about the man who shaped the game to make it uniquely technical, physical, and 'man-making' at once. Walter Camp, the ""Father of American Football,"" was the foremost authority on American athletics and arguably the greatest amateur American athlete of his time. In Walter Camp: Football and the Modern Man, Julie Des Jardins chronicles the life of the clock company executive and self-made athlete who remade football and redefined the ideal man. As a student at Yale University, Camp was a varsity letterman who led the earliest efforts t

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Library Journal Review

Walter Camp (1859-1925), the leading progenitor of American football in the 19th and early 20th century, has been the subject of just two biographies until this point, in 1926 and 1990. Des Jardins (history, Baruch Coll., City Univ. of New York) delivers what can rightly be considered the first serious chronicle of this major American sports figure. Camp played football for Yale University in the 1870s and 1880s, formulated the position of coach, and led that athletic program for a generation. Under his decadeslong leadership, football came to encompass 11 men per side, a system of downs, signal calling, a scrimmage line, All-American teams, and the neutral zone. In 1891, he wrote the first book on the sport, American Football. Moreover, Camp believed that in the absence of war football was necessary for men's physical, psychological, and moral well-being by providing discipline, danger, and exertion. The author places Camp's views in the context of the Muscular Christianity movement and the battle against effeminacy in that era. In Camp's time, there were debates on the brutality of the game and the disturbing frequency of player injuries, which still reverberate today. VERDICT Although the writing style is a bit overly academic at times, this thoroughly researched biography is a major work and essential for all collections. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

More than any other individual, Walter Camp influenced (and essentially invented) the modern sport of football. He took a virtually formless melee of a game and assigned rules and order, changing the sport from an entity that resembled rugby into an American original. The line of scrimmage, the notion of downs, and tackling below the waist all came from Camp's mind. From his semi-coaching position at Yale, he trained some of the most innovative coaches of the next generation. Through articles in various popular magazines, he taught millions of Americans how to watch and appreciate football. In this biography, author Des Jardins thoroughly details Camp's multifaceted career as a player, coach, rule-maker, writer, and executive. But she delves even further, explaining Camp's cultural impact on the changing American landscape. The size of the football players, the violence of the sport, the aggression that lurked at the heart of the matter--all reflected and shaped America at the turn of the century. The author skillfully illustrates how the sport of football uniquely spoke to men about being manly and helped to introduce new notions of masculinity. Walter Camp, then, is both a fine sport history and a superb cultural analysis. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Randy W. Roberts, Purdue University

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Julie Des Jardins is the author of The Madame Curie Complex, Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity, and Women and the Historical Enterprise in America: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Memory.

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