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Sports in Early America Chapter 1
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BRITISH TRADITIONS FROM 1607-1776 Folk Game Tradition Economic: land, water, produce Small communities Time: cycles, organic, natural Major uncertainty: weather Play limit: isolation, not space Informal, personal Folk culture = Folk games
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Britain’s Festive Culture Holiday celebration Display of skill Violent spectacles British foot-ball
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Functions of Such Festivity Relieve grimness of life Mating rituals Safe expression of resentment Promoted village unit Mirrored social hierarchy 18 th C. commercial leisure
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The Puritan Assault on Festivity Sought to purify the church Via wiping out catholic symbols Sunday merriments were out Response: King James I, 1618 1641 rigid Sabbath 1660 restoration of festivity
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New World Puritans Effort to extinguish play New England was severest Strict Sabbath laws Long-standing too: Blue Laws
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SPORT MUST BE LAWFUL TO BE PLAYED
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