St. Louis Olympics, 1904

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The first American Olympics, held in 1904 in St. Louis, were a vigorous spectacle suited to an energetic and confident nation. The games were wrested away from rival city Chicago and appended to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair. Athletes came from eleven countries and four continents to compete in state-of-the-art facilities, which included a 10,000-seat stadium with gymnasium equipment donated by sporting goods magnate Albert Spalding. St. Louis Olympics, 1904 corrects common misperceptions and presents a fresh view of the games that featured first-time African American Olympians, an eccentric marathon, and documentation by pioneering photojournalist Jessie Tarbox Beals.
ISBN: 9780738523293
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Missouri
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Sport and Olympic historian George R. Matthews became interested in the St. Louis Olympics while researching his thesis on the early modern Olympic movement. Sandra Marshall is a public historian with special interests in material culture and historic preservation. They collaborate here on the first, single-volume photographic chronicle of America's inaugural Olympic Games.
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