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Sports in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Discuss this eTheme.

These websites are about sports during the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in North America, with particular emphasis on boxer Jack Johnson. Learn about the beginning of professional sports in America and the historical context in which they developed. Issues relating to race, class, and gender are addressed. There are primary source documents, photographs, interactive features, and more.

Grades

  • 1,
  • 2,
  • 3,
  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8,
  • 9,
  • 10,
  • 11,
  • 12

Links

This site contains background information and resources on the Gilded Age. Includes maps, a timeline, and a quiz.
Enter this site to learn more about the Gilded Age.
This site accompanies the Ken Burns documentary about Jack Johnson, the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World. Read about his life or watch an interactive feature on the "Battle of the Century" between Johnson and retired champion Jim Jeffries. NOTE: Content may not be suitable for younger students.
Read about Jack Johnson and how he helped break the color line in professional sports. Includes a link to his biography.
Here are lesson plans, a 12-page PDF teacher's guide, and bibliography of resources for students in grades 9-12.
Here is a synopsis of Jack Johnson's boxing career. NOTE: This site contains a banner ad.
Students can use primary source documents to understand the experiences of African Americans during this era.
Here is a three-part article about the invention and history of basketball that would be suitable for younger students.
This is a three-part article about automobile racing, which was an important spectator sport at the turn of the last century.
Here is a three part article on the life and career of Jim Thorpe that is suitable for younger students.
Bicycle racing was an important spectator sport at the turn of the last century. Here you can read about Marshall "Major" Taylor, champion cyclist of the Gilded Age.
This long article contains information about American sports history from the nineteenth century forward. Issues of race, class, and gender are addressed. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
Learn about the history of baseball on this site, and find out how it evolved from an amateur past time into big business during the nineteenth century.
View a collection of period images from the early days of baseball.
Search or browse this collection of period baseball cards from the Library of Congress.

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