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Atlantic Monthly Piece by Higginson Lauds Base-ball

Salience Noteworthy
Tags Newspaper Coverage
Location New England
City/State/Country: MA, United States
Game Base Ball
Immediacy of Report Contemporary

"The Pastor of the Worcester Free Church, the Rev. Thomas Wentworth Higginson, wrote an influential argument for sports and exercise which appeared in the March 1858 issue of a new magazine called The Atlantic Monthly.




Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "Saints, and Their Bodies," The Atlantic Monthly Volume 1, number 5 (March 1858), pp. 582-595. It is online at http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-bin/moa/sgml/moa-idx?notisid=ABK2934-0001-122

See also item#1830s.22.



Some commentary: His [Higginson's] comments on our national game are of great interest, for he welcomed the growth of 'our indigenous American game of base-ball,' and followed [author James Fenimore] Cooper's lead by connecting the game with our national character." A. Fletcher and J. Shimer, Worcester: A City on the Rise (Worcester Publishing, Worcester, 2005), page 11. 

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what did Cooper say about the link between base ball and national character?

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Submitted by Craig Waff.
Submission Note email of 9/25/2008


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