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Author Wiltse, Jeff.

Title Contested waters : a social history of swimming pools in America / Jeff Wiltse.

Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2007.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 3rd Floor    306.481 WIL    Available
Description x, 276 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-266) and index.
Contents Introduction : "just don't touch the water" -- A "peculiar kind" of bath : the origin of municipal pools in America -- "A means of physical culture" : the redefinition of municipal pools during the 1890s -- "A good investment in health, character, and citizenship" : municipal swimming pools in the Progressive Era -- Interlude : the traumatic early history of Fairgrounds Park Pool -- The "swimming pool age" : 1920 to 1940 -- "One for the white race and the other for the colored race" : the onset of racial discrimination, 1920 to 1940 -- "More sensitive than schools" : the struggle to desegregate municipal swimming pools -- "Alone in the backyard" : swimming pools in recent America -- Conclusion : the promise and reality of swimming pools as public spaces.
Subject Swimming pools -- Social aspects -- United States.
Swimming pools -- United States -- History.
ISBN 9780807831007 (cloth : alk. paper)
080783100X (cloth : alk. paper)

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