America's First Olympics: The St. Louis Games of 1904 (Sports and American Culture)

3 avg rating
( 6 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780826215888: America's First Olympics: The St. Louis Games of 1904 (Sports and American Culture)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

America in 1904 was a nation bristling with energy and confidence. Inspired by Theodore Roosevelt, the nation’s young, spirited, and athletic president, a sports mania rampaged across the country. Eager to celebrate its history, and to display its athletic potential, the United States hosted the world at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis. One part of the World’s Fair was the nation’s first Olympic games.

Revived in Greece in 1896, the Olympic movement was also young and energetic. In fact, the St. Louis Olympics were only the third in modern times. Although the games were originally awarded to Chicago, St. Louis wrestled them from her rival city against the wishes of International Olympic Committee President Pierre de Coubertin. Athletes came from eleven countries and four continents to compete in state-of-the-art facilities, which included a ten-thousand-seat stadium with gymnasium equipment donated by sporting goods magnate Albert Spalding.

The 1904 St. Louis Olympics garnered only praise, and all agreed that the games were a success, improving both the profile of the Olympic movement and the prestige of the United States. But within a few years, the games of 1904 receded in memory. They suffered a worse fate with the publication of Coubertin’s memoirs in 1931. His selective recollections, exaggerated claims, and false statements turned the forgotten Olympics into the failed Olympics. This prejudiced account was furthered by the 1948 publication of An Approved History of the Olympic Games by Bill Henry, which was reviewed and endorsed by Coubertin.

America’s First Olympics, by George R. Matthews, corrects common misconceptions that began with Coubertin’s memoirs and presents a fresh view of the 1904 games, which featured first-time African American Olympians, an eccentric and controversial marathon, and documentation by pioneering photojournalist Jessie Tarbox Beals. Matthews provides an excellent overview of the St. Louis Olympics over a six-month period, beginning with the intrigue surrounding the transfer of the games from Chicago. He also gives detailed descriptions of the major players in the Olympic movement, the events that were held in 1904, and the athletes who competed in them. This original account will be welcomed by history and sports enthusiasts who are interested in a new perspective on this misunderstood event.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:


Historian George R. Matthews lives in southern New Mexico.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780826264756: America's First Olympics: The St. Louis Games of 1904 (SPORTS & AMERICAN CULTURE)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0826264751 ISBN 13:  9780826264756
Publisher: University of Missouri, 2005
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Matthews, George R.
Published by University of Missouri
ISBN 10: 0826215882 ISBN 13: 9780826215888
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
cornacres
(Columbia, MO, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Missouri. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0826215882 Hardback with dust jacket, America's First Olympics: The St. Louis Games of 1904, by George R. matthews, Univ. of Missouri. Seller Inventory # SKU1019702

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.50
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

George R. Matthews
Published by University of Missouri (2005)
ISBN 10: 0826215882 ISBN 13: 9780826215888
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Missouri, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0826215882

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 104.62
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Matthews, George R.
Published by University of Missouri (2005)
ISBN 10: 0826215882 ISBN 13: 9780826215888
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Missouri, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110826215882

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 137.12
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

George R. Matthews
ISBN 10: 0826215882 ISBN 13: 9780826215888
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0826215882

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 138.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Matthews, George R.
Published by University of Missouri (2005)
ISBN 10: 0826215882 ISBN 13: 9780826215888
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Missouri, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0826215882

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 160.00
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds