College Football and 20th Century America in "Carlisle Vs. Army"
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The paper examines the book "Carlisle Vs. Army" by Lars Anderson and offers some background on the formation of the Carlisle School and how Carlisle would later transform into a college football powerhouse. The paper describes the "Carlisle vs. Army" football game that this book is named after, and posits that one does not have to be a football fan to understand the information offered by Anderson in this excellent explanation of America in the starting of the 20th century. The paper points out, however, that Lars Anderson is guilty of uncontrolled mythologizing that typified sports writing a hundred years ago.
From the Paper:"Towards the end of the 19th century, the United States government still had not set on the conflict produced by westward expansion. Indian tribes from corner to corner of the nation fought to preserve their tribal ways of life, however the military strength of the U.S. army was superior to the Indian nations. Crushing and death of young warriors endangered the existence of Indian tribes (Anderson, 2007). The American government, with the backing of many Indian leaders, started a strategy premeditated to "elevate" Indians by submerging them in the white man's ways (McAuliffe, 1981). One way to achieve this goal was to create Indian Schools, sculpted of course after American establishments of learning. Such an institution was the Carlisle Indian Industrial School established in 1879 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Indian kids from all across the nation were enrolled to the school with the expectation that they would discover the ways of the white man.
"The formation of the Carlisle School corresponded with the beginning of college football. As many colleges started to field teams, Richard Pratt, the creator of the Carlisle School, required a football team for two motives (Nelson, 2007; pg 17). Pratt was under the impression that the discipline and spirit shaped by a football program would help the Indian youth enrolled in Carlisle."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Anderson, Lars. Carlisle vs. Army: Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football's Greatest Battle. New York: Random House, 2007.
- McAuliffe, Mary S. "Eisenhower, the President". The Journal of American History 68, no. 3 Dec. 1981.
- Nelson, Michael. Stereotype, Then and Now. Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n6 pB12 Oct 2007
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