Norman Markowitz: Rutgers Institute for High School Teachers
Friday, March 13, 2020, 09:00am - 02:30pm
Baseball History as American History
March 13, 2020, 9am-2:30pm
Norman Markowitz, Associate Professor, Department of History, Rutgers University
This seminar will examine America’s “national pastime” as a microcosm of a changing American society and culture. Through the study of baseball in U.S. History, the seminar will examine player individualism in conflict with team effort, and player solidarity in conflict with owners’ control. Historic segregation and ethnic discrimination will be examined as they conflicted with the egalitarian and democratic ideals celebrated in the early years of the game. The development of baseball from its first inceptions as an amateur “gentleman’s game” in the pre-Civil War era to its present role as a multi-billion dollar transactional business will be the primary focus of the day.