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Boston's Cycling Craze, 1880-1900: A Story of Race, Sport, and Society
From 1877 to 1896, the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially, and Boston was in on it from the start. The Boston Bicycle Club was the first in the nation, and the city’s cyclists formed the nucleus of a new national organization, the League of American Wheelmen. The sport was becoming a craze, and Massachusetts had the largest per capita membership in the league i ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published May 15th 2014 by University of Massachusetts Press
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Even though I could ride a bicycle since I was five, I never gave cycling's history much thought: how did those 19th century high wheelers even stay upright, much less evolve into my 1967 blue Schwinn? The changing social role of the growth of cycling is equally complex: social clubs, parades, organized rides, road and track races all reinforced social norms by gender, race and class while offering opportunities for an exceptional few to break into new roles. This is a history book--and an easy ...more
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