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All In: The Spread of Gambling in Twentieth-Century United States
Contributor(s): Cohen, Jonathan D. (Editor), Schwartz, David G. (Editor)
ISBN: 1943859604     ISBN-13: 9781943859603
Publisher: Univ of Nevada Pr
    OUR PRICE: $36.70  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: March 2018
Gambling, the risky enterprise of chance, is one of America’s favorite pastimes. Office March Madness brackets, a day at the race track, a friendly wager, the random ridiculous Super Bowl prop bet, bingo night, or the latest media frenzy over the Powerball jackpot—all emphasize the ubiquity of this major economic force and cultural phenomenon. Approximately 70 percent of Americans regularly engage in some form of betting, amounting to over $140 billion in combined casino and lottery revenue every year. A hundred years ago, however, legal gambling was a rarity in the United States.
A fresh take on the history of modern American gambling, All In provides a closer look at the shifting economic, cultural, religious, and political conditions that facilitated gambling’s expansion and prominence in American consumerism and popular culture. In its pages, a diverse range of essays covering commercial and Native American casinos, sports betting, lotteries, bingo, and more piece together a picture of how gambling became so widespread over the course of the twentieth century.

Drawing from a range of academic disciplines, this collection explores five aspects of American gambling history: crime, advertising, politics, religion, and identity.

In doing so, All In illuminates the on-the-ground debates over gambling’s expansion, the failed attempts to thwart legalized betting, and the consequences of its present ubiquity in the United States.

Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Gambling; United States; History; 20th century.
Gambling industry; United States; History; 20th century.
BISAC Categories:
- History | United States | 20th Century
- Social Science | Essays
- Games | Gambling
Dewey: 338.4/779509730904
LCCN: 2017038040
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Series: Gambling Studies
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.75" (0.86 lbs) 284 pages
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Contributor Bio(s):
Jonathan D. Cohen is a PhD Candidate at the Corcoran Department of the History at the University of Virginia.
David G. Schwartz is the director of the Center for Gaming Research and an instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has written several books on gambling, and is also editor of the University of Nevada Press’s Gambling Series.