Is there evidence of successful communist sporting leagues or organizations which developed through sport to positively impact members and surrounding communities?

Communism in America is a tale filled with fear-mongering and government attempts to discourage its ideology. Historically, America has represented the antithesis of communism: a flourishing democracy, hailing a triumphant capitalistic economy with private ownership, whose citizens recognize the evils of the rule of the proletariat. However, Gabe Logan’s C’mon You Reds presents a new narrative of communism in America. Worker’s Soccer Leagues, or communist soccer leagues, organized soccer games for recreational play at low costs and in doing so made notable contributions to the surrounding community in the name of communism. This project aims to rediscover communism in America through sports and re-structure the narrative of American communism to reflect the positive contributions made. 

TIMELINE JS, – Changing the Narrative of American Communism

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My chosen topic was centered on the connections in Communism and American Sports. My research was process-oriented and could be summed up by the following question: Is there evidence of successful communist sporting leagues or organizations which developed through sport to positively impact members and surrounding communities? In the answer to that question, I relied heavily on one of our readings: C’mon You Reds: The U.S. Communist Party’s Workers’ Soccer Association by Gabe Logan. C’mon You Reds was relevant to our discussion on the establishment of organized soccer leagues in America. The reading brought to my attention the involvement of the United State’s Communist Party in facilitating workers soccer leagues. Furthermore, it brought to my attention the shortcomings of our educational system in the success of communism. Typically, communism in America is a tale filled with fear-mongering and government attempts to discourage its ideology. Historically, America has represented the antithesis of communism: a flourishing democracy, hailing a triumphant capitalistic economy with private ownership, whose citizens recognize the evils of the rule of the proletariat. However, Gabe Logan’s C’mon You Reds presents a new narrative of communism in America. Worker’s Soccer Leagues, or communist soccer leagues, organized soccer games for recreational play at low costs and in doing so made notable contributions to the surrounding community in the name of communism. My project aimed to rediscover communism in America through sports and re-structure the narrative of American communism to reflect the positive contributions made.

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Introduction

The countries that have been significantly affected by sports and racism are Brazil and America. During the ancient times, which incorporates of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. For Brazil, the native activity has been common and known to many in sports. In America, some of the areas such as Mexico have been affected by racism. The same case when it comes to racism in America. Racism is an overall act that cannot be specified to be affecting a single area. However, it was rampant in America than Brazil since with time the spread slowed down in Brazil America. These are some of the key things that will help you know the right take in these matters in shaping the identification of different countries, may it be America or Brazil.

BRAZIL

Sports in Brazil

Brazil is one of the countries that has been known as the origin of football. This argument is something that has drawn attention to many. Football was first introduced in Brazil in the late eighteenth century (Wood, D. (2019). This was so after the first student, Miller was induced to Bannister’s school at the age of 10. At a young age, he was curious and was into learning more about football. With the interest, he got the football interest. This marked the birth of football in Brazil. With this exposure, Miller became more experienced in dribbling, swerving, feigning, and use of speed in free kicks and heading. With this, he had the chance of interacting with clubs in 1892. On his return in 1888 at home. He brought back some of the equipment and the book rules that showed what they had to do when they were playing the game.

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Throughout this semester, we have learned each week about the countless ways that sports can inherently reflect different political, cultural, and social principles, as well as how sports and society mutually influence and shape each other. Within my digital research project, I analyzed the ways in which some primary source images of the 1930 World Cup, that took place in Uruguay, reflected how the values of a traditional Latin American culture were gradually straying away towards more modern ideologies. While researching for this project and reading about the cultural expectations of 20th century Uruguay, I immediately related the information to our discussion of Fútbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America. Within my own research, I was able to identify the societal expectations of gender, femininity, and athleticism within the context of the 1930 World Cup, and the traditional, ideological principles proved to be intrinsically similar in comparison to the cultural experiences of female football players. Additionally, both Fútbolera and the 1930 World Cup reflect a transitional period occurring transnationally throughout the 20th century, specifically in regards to the gradual modernization of social expectations. The photographs of the World Cup introduced the rising presence of female spectators and sport fans within athletic stadiums, which inherently opposes the cultural expectations of Latin American societies that traditionally restrict women within the mold of domestication and condemn any influence of masculinity. This is also representative of the collective societal reaction to Futboleras within Latin American nations, because the idea of female athletes dismissed the acceptable role and expectations of women. Both of these historical experiences reflect the reoccurring theme of our course curriculum, specifically regarding the societal influence of sports and how the traditional expectations of those sports represent the expectations of the state.

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I wanted to do my digital project on a sport that many in the United States may be unfamiliar with and that is Formula 1. Formula 1 is one of the biggest sporting draws in Europe and South America but the history of the relationship between the sport and the US is complicated. The event would constantly change venues and eventually had a disastrous event in 2005 when only six of the twenty cars lined up on the grid for the race due to a tire dispute and safety concerns. This up and down nature of Formula 1 can be compared to the history of Soccer in the U.S. in my opinion. Soccer has had a hard time taking hold in the U.S. because of the popularity of the countries own national sports and pastimes. Baseball, Basketball, and especially American Football have long overshadowed Soccer and it has had a difficult time taking off. I thought this article that we read “A Stumbling Start for U.S. Pro Soccer” in some ways could speak to how Formula 1 has had a difficult time taking hold in the U.S.

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For my digital project I focused on the rise of Mexican boxing throughout the 20th to 21st century. Throughout this semester we focused on many themes and sports such as soccer, basketball, women’s physical appearance, equality, and fairness. So, I decided to switch it up and go with one of the best and known combat sport, boxing. Our class read just a small portion about boxing, with President Roosevelt being one of the main stars. Although it was American boxing, I chose to go with the passion of Mexican boxing. Mexican boxing began with a slow start but soon rose to become a national powerhouse. Today, if you take a look at the rankings you will see how many Mexican boxers are high up, while succeeding throughout their careers.

My topic was surrounded about the history of Mexican boxing. Some argue Mexican boxing did not turn out the way it needed to be, but I disagree. I believe Mexican boxing was built from the ground up, becoming much larger than expected. Boxers such as Julio Cesar Chavez, Juan Manuel Marquez, Oscar De La Hoya, and Canelo Alveraz have made a mark in how Mexican boxing has become so popular. These boxers not only made their mark, but were great champions. Julio Chavez is considered one of the greatest Mexican and overall boxers in history.

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