By Frank Zarnowski
for a few years traditional American activities happened within the place of work. this can aid clarify why the nicknames of such a lot of favourite collegiate or specialist wearing teams—Cornhuskers, Lumberjacks, Miners, Cowboys, Packers and Boilermakers—are additionally the occupations of nineteenth century worker-athletes.
by means of interpreting the yankee adventure with competitions between staff, this e-book offers a brand new knowing of the interrelated nature of career and leisure.
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American Work-Sports: A History of Competitions for Cornhuskers, Lumberjacks, Firemen and Others by Frank Zarnowski