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Essay Review: Football and the Carlisle Indian Industrial School


by J. Douglas Toma April 30, 2008

Lars Anderson. Carlisle vs. Army:  Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner, and the Forgotten Story of Football’s Greatest Battle (New York: Random House, 2007). Sally Jenkins. The Real All Americans:  The Team that Changed a Game, a People, a Nation (New York: Doubleday, 2007). From 1911-13, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School had the most noteworthy college football team in the U.S., winning 33 games and tying two while only losing three. They did so visiting the likes of Pittsburgh, Penn, Cornell, Syracuse, and, most famously, defeating Harvard in 1911 and Army in 1912. These were the major football powers of the day, and Carlisle had the leading player of his era, Jim Thorpe. Imagine today if a late season Associated Press poll included Chattahoochee Technical College, whose star player was about to win the Heisman Trophy, along with Ohio State, Southern California, Louisiana State, and Texas. Now consider Chattahoochee Tech being populated... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 30, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15243, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 7:45:24 PM

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  • J. Toma
    Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia
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    J. DOUGLAS TOMA is associate professor at the Institute of Higher Education and dean of the Franklin Residential College at the University of Georgia. He is author of Football U.: Spectator Sports in the Life of the American University and his forthcoming book is on strategic management in higher education.
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