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  1. Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America
    Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America
    Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America
    Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America
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  2. Contested Waters: A Social History of Swimming Pools in America

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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.

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Jeff Wiltse
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Brand: The University of North Carolina Press
EAN
9780807871270
Edition
1
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
0807871273
IsEligibleForTradeIn
1
Label
The University of North Carolina Press
Manufacturer
The University of North Carolina Press
MPN
29 illustrations, notes, bibliography, i
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
288
PartNumber
29 illustrations, notes, bibliography, i
PublicationDate
2010-05-01
Publisher
The University of North Carolina Press
ReleaseDate
2010-05-01
SKU
ZG210612/0001859
Studio
The University of North Carolina Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Moving, shocking and inspiring. The author offers an amazing glimpse of America's historical challenges with class, gender and race through a very unusual lens. I really enjoyed how Contested Waters celebrates the innocent beauty of children of all ages playing in water while outlining the perfect storm of complex social challenges that have been a burden to this country from its beginning. This could be the catalyst of a multitude of real conversations and actions that improve American life for all its citizens. Well done.
It provides much insight into the history of pools, but this is a sad history that shows just how little progress has been made as a society.
This is a must read for every teen or adult that believes history is simply about boring dead white people and inconsequential dates. Can you write a "real" history book that has valid arguments about.....SWIMMING POOLS? Dr. Wiltse has caught the attention of the young people of this nation who believed that history, real history, has to be about a President, King, or a General, and has taught us all that seemingly mundane events in the lives of common people, often overlooked, are history too!
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