Summer: History of Baseball In the United States
Department: Social Science
Open to: 6th-12th grades
Length: 5 weeks
This class will study the growth of America’s pastime as an integral part of social growth in the young, developing United States. It will cover the creation of the game itself, its expansion to become a well-known household sport, and its parallels between events of the game and major historical events that helped shape the country. The class will cover the period of time primarily from 1830-2015, as well as a brief examination of claims of its origin earlier in history. In this course, students will become familiar with the origins of the game, its growth throughout rural communities of the country, the establishment of governing bodies within the sport, and the major players who helped shape the game. On a larger scale, students will be able to identify how baseball helped shape the United States, to interpret specific baseball events, and to relate them to the concurrent historical events. Students will think critically and will formulate logical personal conclusions as to how the sport has impacted United States society based on historical texts as well as eyewitness accounts.