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Module 50

Sporting Identities: "Race," Gender, Nation and Sport in Late 19th - Early 20th Century Canada

Cynthia Comacchio

This module considers the evolution of sport during roughly the first half century after Confederation. It outlines major developments in the historiography, and also the principal historical trends and issues, including early organization, the move from amateurism to professionalism and from the local to the commercial, as well as the ways in which industrialization and urbanization affected both active participation in sporting activity and spectatorship. Also touched upon are "race" issues, especially regarding First Nations contributions and participation, and gender, in terms of constructions of both femininity and manliness during these years, and the relationship of sport, the state, and national identity. The primary sources highlight the subjects of early organization and sports reporting, and also reflect the important gender and race themes.

Primary sources:

  1. Document: Canada´s Royal Winter Game, 1899    page 8
  2. Document: Lacrosse in Canada, 1902    page 10
  3. Photo: Vancouver´s Asahi Athletic Club Ice Hockey Team, 1919–1920    page 11
  4. Document: News and Views of Women's Sporting Activities, 1928    page 12
  5. Document: Fanny “Bobbie” Rosenfeld, Photograph, 1925    page 14

Secondary sources:

1. Telling Stories about Indigeneity and Canadian Sport: The Spectacular Cree and Ojibway Indian Hockey Barnstorming Tour of North America, 1928, Andrew C. Holman    page 15

2. Fanny ”Bobbie”Rosenfeld: A “Modern Woman”of Sport and Journalism in Twentieth-Century Canada, Christina Burr and Carol A. Reader    page 29

Introduction

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