America's First Olympics: The St. Louis Games Of 1904 by George R. Matthews

By George R. Matthews

 America in 1904 was once a state bristling with strength and self assurance. encouraged by way of Theodore Roosevelt, the nation’s younger, lively, and athletic president, a activities mania rampaged around the nation. wanting to have a good time its historical past, and to exhibit its athletic power, the USA hosted the realm on the 1904 Louisiana buy Exposition in St. Louis. One a part of the World’s reasonable was once the nation’s first Olympic games.            Revived in Greece in 1896, the Olympic move was once additionally younger and lively. in truth, the St. Louis Olympics have been in simple terms the 3rd nowa days. even supposing the video games have been initially offered to Chicago, St. Louis wrestled them from her rival urban opposed to the needs of foreign Olympic Committee President Pierre de Coubertin. Athletes got here from 11 international locations and 4 continents to compete in cutting-edge amenities, which integrated a ten-thousand-seat stadium with fitness center apparatus donated by way of carrying items mogul Albert Spalding.            The 1904 St. Louis Olympics garnered simply compliment, and all agreed that the video games have been successful, enhancing either the profile of the Olympic move and the status of the U.S.. yet inside of many years, the video games of 1904 receded in reminiscence. They suffered a worse destiny with the ebook of Coubertin’s memoirs in 1931. His selective memories, exaggerated claims, and fake statements became the forgotten Olympics into the failed Olympics. This prejudiced account used to be furthered by means of the 1948 ebook of An authorized heritage of the Olympic video games through invoice Henry, which was once reviewed and recommended by means of Coubertin.            America’s First Olympics, by way of George R. Matthews, corrects universal misconceptions that all started with Coubertin’s memoirs and offers a clean view of the 1904 video games, which featured first-time African American Olympians, an eccentric and arguable marathon, and documentation through pioneering photojournalist Jessie Tarbox Beals. Matthews presents an exceptional evaluate of the St. Louis Olympics over a six-month interval, starting with the intrigue surrounding the move of the video games from Chicago. He additionally offers targeted descriptions of the foremost avid gamers within the Olympic circulate, the occasions that have been held in 1904, and the athletes who competed in them. This unique account can be welcomed by means of background and activities fanatics who're drawn to a brand new viewpoint in this misunderstood event.            

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62 Coubertin anguished over his options, and kept silent. Coubertin’s silence prodded Furber to try another tactic. Victor Lawson owned and published two newspapers in Chicago, the Daily News and Record-Herald. Furber requested that Lawson instruct his Paris correspondent to contact Coubertin for information. A Paris Bureau reporter, Lamar Middleton, obeying instructions from Chicago, sent a message to Coubertin, “I understand that no action has been taken on a 34 America’s First Olympics proposed transfer .

Classical Greece and the site of the ancient Olympic games were exposed to the modern world. During the War of Independence (1821– 1829) a young Greek poet of the Romantic school, Panagiotis Soutsos (1806–1868), became a passionate patriot for the cause of freedom. Born in Constantinople but moving to the new Greek capital city of Nafplion in 1833, he began publishing a newspaper called Helios, the Greek word for sun. The modern Greeks were a poor and disorganized country in 1829. The first years of independence were chaotic due to external pressure and internal strife.

Another is to transfer the games to St. Louis. ” When pressed by the reporter to elaborate 28 America’s First Olympics on the three scenarios, Furber said that it would not be possible to conduct the games in 1904 as scheduled, “that would be discourteous to St. ” As far as transferring the games to St. ” Furber himself favored postponing the games for one year. Chicago newspaper headlines the next day proclaimed, “May Yield the Games to St. ” The possible transfer of the games to St. Louis generated immense publicity for the Olympics.

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