Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sports, American Culture, and Icons

Have you ever needed to write a paper on American icons or ideas? Yes? KLIC has added a great four-volume set to the library’s reference collection! American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas.

While the essays in this encyclopedia do reflect on history, the essays make a connection to American culture that is the sports phenomenon in the United States. Each essay is signed by an author, contains suggested resources, and many times, a see related box.

The cultural connections can be seen in many essays. For example, in the “Yankee Stadium” essay there is considerable coverage of the many idols who affected American life and custom. There is even a sidebar article about the “Curse of the Bambino.”

In the “S – Z” volume, essays can be found about the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” and Bobby Thompson, or about “Skateboarding” and how the sport has grown in America, or the 1977 move “Slap Shot” starring Paul Newman, or the Bugs Bunny/Michael Jordan 1996 movie “Space Jam,” or about Pulitzer Prize journalist “Red Smith” both the accolades and the criticisms, or who are “Soccer Moms,” or a long essay about “Sports and Doping” can all be found in this helpful, authoritative encyclopedia about American sports in culture and in icons.

Take a look at American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas – it is a great resource about sports, about American culture, and about American icons and easily accessible in the print format in the reference book collection or in the eBook, online resource format.

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