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Old Division Football,
The Indigenous Mob Soccer
Of Dartmouth College

This paper [2.2mb pdf] explores the history of Old Division Football, a popular and violent kicking game that arose at Dartmouth during the early nineteenth century. The game had largely faded by the 1890s, although an annual freshman-sophomore match continued in various forms until 1948.

  11.05.2006   Second draft of paper posted. Most changes are minor revisions. The paper also now dates the title-page photograph to 1874 and includes news of Dartmouth football from a newspaper in Amherst, New Hampshire in 1870.

  12.03.2005   Draft of paper posted.

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