Resources & Text

Strategies for Success

  • Take care of your emotional, physical, and mental health. Reach out if you begin to feel overwhelmed.
  • Set aside specific time for course readings and classwork. Consider that time as “in-class.”
  • Type or write down notes as you go through the weekly readings.
  • Use the various campus & online resources for writing, researching, and citing (and projects).
  • Make use of drop-in hours to share ideas, get help, or get clarification. Schedule via zoom if needed.

Here is an App State Belk Library handout for HIS 3100 that includes sports history journals, sources, collections, and more (developed by the History Dept. liaison at the library: Breanne Crumpton)

Book / Article Reading: A Note-Taking Template

Course “Book Club” Textbooks

  1. Elsey, Brenda, and Joshua Nadel. Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2020.
  2. Ruck, Rob. Raceball: How the Major Leagues Colonized the Black and Latin Game. Boston: Beacon Press, 2011.

Choose one for your Book Club Assignment (also see on Amazon HIS 3310 page)

  • Ingrassia, Brian M. The Rise of Gridiron University: Higher Education’s Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2015.
  • Rein, Raanan. Fútbol, Jews, and the Making of Argentina. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2014.
  • Swanson, Ryan A. When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation, and Dreams of a National Pastime. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
  • Walker, J. Samuel. ACC Basketball: The Story of the Rivalries, Traditions, and Scandals of the First Two Decades of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2011.

Top 10 Recommended Books Published by Historians Over the Last Decade

  • Bunk, Brian D. From Football to Soccer: The Early History of the Beautiful Game in the United States. First Edition. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2021.
  • Demas, Lane. Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf. 1 edition. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017.
  • Elsey, Brenda. Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in 20th-Century Chile. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011.
  • Kittleson, Roger. The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014.
  • Moore, Louis. I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
  • Nadel, Joshua H. Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2014.
  • Sotomayor, Antonio. The Sovereign Colony: Olympic Sport, National Identity, and International Politics in Puerto Rico. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2018.
  • Swanson, Ryan. The Strenuous Life: Theodore Roosevelt and the Making of the American Athlete. New York: Diversion Books, 2019.
  • Westly, Erica. Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game. Reprint edition. Touchstone, 2017.
  • Witherspoon, Kevin B. Before the Eyes of the World: Mexico and the 1968 Olympic Games. 1 edition. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014.

For a Full List, visit the HIS 3310 Amazon page