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The Tented Field: A History of Cricket in America
by Tom Melville
University of Wisconsin Press, 1998
Paper: 978-0-87972-770-3 | Cloth: 978-0-87972-769-7
Library of Congress Classification GV928.U6M45 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.3580973

Tom Melville presents a well-documented history of cricket playing in America, focusing on its period of growth in the 1840s and its periodic revivals. Cricket failed to take on, or resisted, an American identity, but the sport had considerable appeal both as a sport and as an activity that fostered sportsmanship, control, public manners, and decorum. Cricket found acceptance mainly in the upper class but also appealed to working-class people.

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