Encyclopedia of Recreation & Leisure in America

  • Volume 1
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  • ISBN-10: 0684314509
  • ISBN-13: 9780684314501
  • DDC: 790.097303
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 1036 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2004 | Published/Released October 2004
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2004

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From rodeos to quilting bees, stickball to stock car racing, American pastimes comprise a broad range of activities. The two-volume Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America provides a comprehensive survey of these activities from the Colonial era to the present. This title examines how the pursuit of leisure has changed over time, reflecting shifting social, cultural, political and economic trends in the United States. Particular attention is paid to how leisure activities have varied by region, class, ethnicity, gender and age. Such information fuels history class discussions and assignments as the curriculum increasingly requires students to understand not only the milestones of political and military history, but also how people lived day to day. From entries on specific types of leisure activities to discussions of important themes in the history of leisure, the Encyclopedia provides a unique window into this key component of American social history.

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  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0684312654 | ISBN-13: 9780684312651


"Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America is highly recommended to all libraries developing their collections in American history, popular culture, and social issues. High-school and college students will find it useful for assignments, and the general reader interested in culture and leisure can enjoy reading well-written entries on a variety of topics." -- Booklist (January 2005)

— Booklist

"This encyclopedia captures the range of recreational possibilities, as well as many of the consequences arising from it in American culture." --Booklist, May 2005

— Booklist

"The well-written essays provide historical information on the topic, specific activities related to the sport/leisure activity, and current conditions. ... this is a fascinating look at data useful for research papers, sociological studies, and historical evaluations or simply to satisfy curiosity." -- Library Journal (February 2005)

— Library Journal

"Over 200 illustrations depict recreational personalities, activities, locations, and objects. Recommended." --Choice, April 2005

— Choice