19th Century History Paper
What were some of the “versions of manliness” embedded into college football in the late 19th century, and to what degree were they the same as, or different from, the versions of manliness embedded into prize fighting during the same period?
Choose three of the following individuals and discuss how each of them would likely have answered the following question: What should the primary purpose of sport be in late-19th century American society?
a) Walter Camp
b) Caspar Whitney
c) John L. Sullivan
d) Theodore Roosevelt
e) Richard Kyle Fox
Accept or reject the following thesis: The popular success of college football and prize fighting in the 1880s and 1890s was more the product of media coverage than of the sports themselves.
Requirements and Guidelines:
Draw on assigned course readings in the construction of your answer. It will be evaluated based on quality of answer, quality of prose, and level of familiarity it demonstrates with assigned readings. Responses which demonstrate mastery of assigned readings and course themes will score well. Responses which demonstrate ignorance of assigned readings and course themes will score poorly, no matter what other merits they might possess. For this reason, you are strongly advised to limit your materials to those presented in the course.
Your paper must be typed and double-spaced, with one-inch margins on all four sides of the page. Please use 12-point Times or Times New Roman font. Papers must contain proper citation of all material taken from written sources and be free of errors in grammar, usage, spelling, and punctuation. You may use either MLA (parenthetical) or Chicago citation style, but you must properly credit all material taken from written sources.