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To Ebbets FieldSport and the American-Jewish Experience$
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Peter Levine

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195085556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195085556.001.0001

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The Promise of Sport

The Promise of Sport

(p.11) 1 The Promise of Sport
To Ebbets Field

Peter Levine

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the use of sport as social and political force to help facilitate the assimilation of Jewish immigrants and preserve the purity of an already endangered American stock. Social reformers and entrepreneurs used sport to transform and prepare immigrants and their children for full participation in a new modern age and to serve as a cultivator of American values and as a safety valve for the frustration and discontent of those packed into the more settled regions of the nation.

Keywords:   sport, Jewish immigrants, assimilation, social force, political force, American values, children

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