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Baseball and the American Culture Paper 1

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Johnson 1 Peter Johnson Wed 4:30 Baseball and the American Culture Due Date: January 31, 2007 “Baseball is the very symbol, the outward and visible expression of the drive and push and rush and struggle of the raging, tearing, booming 19 th century.” Mark Twain The 19 th century was a time of dramatic change in American history. From the simple idea of organizing worker’s unions to the Civil War to the Industrial Revolution, America was constantly molding itself into something that could dominate the ever- changing world. Unlike its predecessor, Cricket, Baseball was a game that was meant for the American people. It’s fast pace and maneuverability made it the perfect game for the ever evolving United States. However, most importantly was its availability to every echelon of America’s social hierarchy. Baseball is the reflection of a tumultuous time in American history and without it; America would never have been the same. The Industrial Revolution was one of the most important times in America’s timeline. The introduction of factories and machines eradicated simple country life and nearly forced thousands of rural families into the quickly growing cities of tomorrow. This led to the playing of baseball by children in alleyways to pass the time and the development of fraternities among workers to spend time with one another. This organization led to, “a new baseball culture…that was tied to the commercial opportunities presented by the sport.” (Rader, 2002) This change from a simple game
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Johnson 2 among friends to an intensely competitive activity among rivals forever changed the sport.
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