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SUBJECTS — Baseball; U.S./All periods 1840 to present; Diversity;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Sportsmanship;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Fairness.
Age: 10+; Not Rated; Documentary; 1994, 9 volumes; Color.
Ken Burns' nine part documentary Baseball examines the players, the games, and the baseball business. It also provides revealing insights into U.S. social history by showing how the development of baseball followed, and in some cases led, changes in U.S. society as a whole.
Baseball is an excellent way to introduce sports fanatics to U.S. history. Changes in society and in baseball examined by this series include: racial integration; the widening disparity between the lives of common people and the lives of celebrities; the increasing freedom allowed to women; increased violence; the immigration melting pot; labor/management relations; and the advent of radio and television.
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Ken Burns' Baseball puts the national pastime into a historical and sociological context. It's ideal for supplementing U.S. history lesson plans.
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Why was baseball one of the first institutions in the United States to become racially integrated?
The series is divided into the following parts:
Inning 1. Our Game: the 1840's - 1900
Inning 2. Something Like War: 1900 - 1910
Inning 3. The Faith of Fifty Million People: 1910 - 1920
Inning 4. A National Heirloom: 1920 - 1930
Inning 5. The Shadow Ball: 1930 - 1940
Inning 6. The National Pastime: 1940 - 1950
Inning 7. The Capital of Baseball: 1950 - 1960
Inning 8. A Whole New Ball Game: 1960 - 1970
Inning 9. Home: 1970 - 1994.
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