256 pages, 5 1/5 x 9 2/5
23 b&w illustrations
Release Date:01 Jun 2016


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 became its epicenter. However, not everyone in the region was a fan. Counterpunch examines how the sport’s meteoric rise in popularity in the West ran concurrently with a growing backlash among Progressive Era social reformers who saw boxing as barbaric. These tensions created a morality war that pitted state officials against federal regulators, boxing promoters against social reformers, and fans against religious groups. Frisbee focuses on several legendary heavyweight prizefights of the period to explain why western geography, economy, and culture ultimately helped the sport’s supporters defeat its detractors.
Meg Frisbee is assistant professor of history at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
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