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Muscle and manliness; the rise of sport in American boarding schools.


Muscle and manliness; the rise of sport in American boarding schools.

Bundgaard, Axel.

Syracuse U. Pr.


223 pages



Sports and entertainment


Advocates of physical education routinely make claims about its positive character building qualities. Examining the evolution of the connection of sport with moral values of "manliness," Bundgaard (emeritus, physical education, St. Olaf College) investigates physical education discourse at New England and mid-Atlantic private boarding schools, he traces the English origins of the association of sport with character and their transport across the Atlantic, the development of gymnasia, the role of school papers in fostering sports, sport and moral education at the Groton School from its founding in the 1880s, and styles of faculty leadership in the evolution of sport and athletics.

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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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