Brief Overview of the History of Leisure in Western Civilization Part II

Brief Overview of the History of Leisure in Western Civilization Part II

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Brief Overview of the History of Leisure in Western Civilization Part II Brief History of Leisure in America I. Five Major Forces Which Influenced Leisure in America A. Religious Efforts to Control Leisure B. Social Class Distinctions Expressed in Leisure Activities C. Working Class Pushing for More Free Time D. Limitations on Both Women and Minorities in Leisure E. Governments Role in Providing Public Recreation II. Leisure in Colonial America A. New England Colonies 1. The Puritans sternly condemned play as sinful 2. Work was good; play was bad 3. If found idle, one could go to prison. 4. Laws and ordinances were passed banning dice, cards, bowling, sport hunting 5. Almost all activities were banned on Sunday, the Lord’s Day, including all amusements, entertainment, and travel. 6. Puritan Work Ethic – Hard work was glorified (God-like); idleness (play)k was sinful. 7. As late as the 1750, the Methodist Church warned: “If you play while you are young, you will play when you are old!” B. Mid Atlantic Colonies 1. An aristocracy was beginning to arise. 2. Some tolerance of leisure activities was taking place, such as sledding, skating, tennis, horse racing, music, parties, card playing, drinking, gambling, and cockfighting, despite the concerns expressed by the church. C. Southern Colonies
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This note was uploaded on 04/25/2011 for the course TOURISM & 1113 taught by Professor Shapiro during the Fall '10 term at Temple.

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Brief Overview of the History of Leisure in Western Civilization Part II

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