Counterpunch
256 pages, 6 x 9
23 b&w illustrations
Hardcover
Release Date:01 Jun 2016
ISBN:9780295995465
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Counterpunch

The Cultural Battles over Heavyweight Prizefighting in the American West

University of Washington Press
Boxing was popular in the American West long before Las Vegas becameits epicenter. However, not everyone in the region was a fan.Counterpunch examines how the sport’s meteoric rise inpopularity in the West ran concurrently with a growing backlash amongProgressive Era social reformers who saw boxing as barbaric. Thesetensions created a morality war that pitted state officials againstfederal regulators, boxing promoters against social reformers, and fansagainst religious groups. Frisbee focuses on several legendaryheavyweight prizefights of the period to explain why western geography,economy, and culture ultimately helped the sport’s supportersdefeat its detractors.
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Meg Frisbee is assistant professor of history atMetropolitan State University of Denver.
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