The Origins of Southern College Football: How an Ivy League Game Became a Dixie Tradition


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LSU Press
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7.6 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Andrew McIlwaine Bell earned a PhD in history from George Washington University and works at the University of Virginia.


A rich gumbo of political, cultural, and sports history that will satisfy the appetite of anyone who has ever wondered why southerners obsess over college football. Bell is a gifted writer and a meticulous scholar. Go Hoos!--Larry J. Sabato, Director, UVA Center for Politics
Andrew McIlwaine Bell does a masterful job of describing the early days of southern college football and explaining why the game meant so much to the people who played and watched it back then. A must-read for those who want to know more about the South's most popular sport and the era in which it was conceived.--Curt Cignetti, head coach of James Madison University Dukes football team
The Origins of Southern College Football is an important addition to the historiography of southern collegiate football. Bell provides us a rich new understanding of the game's growth in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. In the process, he uses the South's growing obsession with football to contextualize the region's faltering, haphazard transition to modernity. It will change the way we talk about the growth of the early southern game.--Thomas Aiello, author of Bayou Classic: The Grambling-Southern Football Rivalry