Leisure and Sports in 19th Century America
Wednesday, July 13, 10:00am
Thursday, July 14, 2:00pm
With the spread of industrialization in the nineteenth century, American workers and families saw an increase in leisure time and more disposable income than they had ever enjoyed before. What did Americans do with this time and income? Participation in sports, leisure, and amusement activities multiplied. Utilizing a variety of Accessible Archives digital collections, this webinar will trace a variety of leisure activities and sports that dominated the 19th century.
Sign-up and checkout highlights on the evolution of baseball and other sports, vaudeville, recreational pursuits, and amusements. Specific topics include: “exercises prescribed for women,” “city amusements,” Christian law of recreation,” “work and play,” and many others.
The diverse primary source materials contained in Accessible Archives’ databases provide broad views across 200 years of American history and the culture of the 18th and 19th centuries through full-text searches and digital images. Accessible Archives collections permit users to spend more time exploring documents and less time searching for them.