Essay about Boxing Became An American Sport

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It was blood, bold and resolute, and it was an American sport. The sport of boxing had been played in Europe since the eighteenth century. It was not until the twentieth century when boxing became an American sport. At this time all Americans, regardless of race and financial status, could box. Any American athlete with a talent for boxing could make a sufficient amount of money that was enough to be successful. With technological advancements and increased political interest, boxing became increasingly popular in the twentieth century, and then declined in the twenty-first century. Corresponding to these peaks were also the growth and fall of faith in the American Dream. The parallelism in the two was no coincidence. Boxing was a vehicle for success in the past, and reinforced ideologies of the American Dream.
During the formation of America, most immigrants had left countries plagued with stout wealth disparities and some form of caste system. If a person in these foreign countries were born poor, it was most likely that they would struggling economically for the rest of their life. After the immigrants moved to the new country, the socioeconomic constraints were no longer insurmountable, and people 's success depended on their work ethic. This ideology of hard work equating success only became more fortified in American culture in the twentieth century. In 1931, Truslow Adams defined this phenomena in his book, The Epic of America.
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