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Glenn Killinger, All-American : Penn State's World War I Era Sports Hero - by Todd M. Mealy (Paperback)

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Mealy, a writer who specializes in 19th and 20th-century civil rights history and sports culture, offers a biography of W. Glenn Killinger (1898-1988), who played football, basketball, and baseball at Penn State during World War I. The biography incorporates examination of how college sports enhanced patriotism during the war, why and how the government used college sports to prepare soldiers for the realities of combat, the relationship between the US War Department and intercollegiate sports, how a booming sporting culture made the 1920s the "Decade of the American Hero," and how Killinger was part of that cultural trend, showing that service sports was the reason why the 1920s became the Golden Age of Sports and why the sports-oriented method of training soldiers for war resulted in the public's craze for American heroes. It discusses intellectual sporting theories and homefront culture to explain why the 1920s was ripe for heroes who were athletes and other celebrities instead of returning soldiers; Killinger's early life and career as a three-sport athlete at Penn State; and the remainder of his life and comparisons to the federal government's method of using college sports to train soldiers during World War I and II. Annotation ©2018 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 266
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McFarland Publishing
Author: Todd M. Mealy
Language: English
Street Date: April 10, 2018
TCIN: 53300393
UPC: 9781476670515
Item Number (DPCI): 248-60-4247
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