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September 11, 2014

A Football Nation

Editor John Schulian discusses the Library of America's new anthology of American football writing through the ages.

Michael Gluckstadt

Try to remember a time when football wasn't the biggest sport in America. When a Thursday night game between non-contenders didn't out-rate every other program on television (non-football, of course). When people said things like, "Baseball is the national pastime" with a straight face. It wasn't that long ago, and for most of football's history, it was the norm. But as a new collection of football writing through the years from the Library of America makes clear, long before football was the biggest game in the country, it was already America's sport.

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