Ken Cohen, Curator of American Culture and Politics
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
How do sports shape America? Beyond encouraging connections to our communities and a desire to compete, sports have long been an arena where Americans have mobilized support for specific policies and broader causes. Join us for a Zoom conversation about sport’s impact on U.S. politics as far back as the American Revolution, and as close to home as your own backyard.
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Kenneth Cohen is Edward and Helen Hintz Secretarial Scholar and Curator of Early American History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. His projects focus on politics and popular culture before 1900, and his prize-winning research has appeared in Slate, The Washington Post, and several academic journals, as well as on NPR, ABC, and C-SPAN. His first book, They Will Have Their Game: Sporting Culture and the Making of the American Republic (Cornell: 2017) won the 2018 Broussard Prize for the best first book on American History between the Revolution and Civil War from the scholarly society that specializes in that period. Current projects of particular interest include an exhibit about the legacies of the 1620 Pilgrim landing in Southern New England and a book exploring the origins and evolution of Halls of Fame.