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Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America

Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America (Paperback)

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This title presents a story of race riots, shrinking swimsuits, and conspicuous leisure. From nineteenth-century public baths to today's private backyard havens, swimming pools have long been a provocative symbol of American life. In this social and cultural history of swimming pools in the United States, Jeff Wiltse relates how, over the years, pools have served as asylums for the urban poor, leisure resorts for the masses, and private clubs for middle-class suburbanites. As sites of race riots, shrinking swimsuits, and conspicuous leisure, swimming pools reflect many of the tensions and transformations that have given rise to modern America.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSlavery & abolition of slaveryHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the AmericasSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationSwimming & diving Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press Publication Date: 15/02/2010 ISBN-13: 9780807871270  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jeff Wiltse is assistant professor of history at the University of Montana.

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