Individual Author Record
Name: Robert PruterPen Name: None Genre: History Non-Fiction Audience: Adult; Born: 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Illinois ConnectionPruter has lived in the Chicago area since 1951 when his family moved to Berwyn, Illinois. He is a 1962 graduate of Proviso East High School, Maywood, Illinois. He received a BA degree in history at Roosevelt University in 1967, a an MA degree in history with honors at Roosevelt University in 1976, and an MLIS degree from Dominican University in 2000. He currently resides in Elmhurst, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationPruter is a freelance researcher and writer, his work having been motivated by a lifelong love both for the history of sports and for the history of African-American music as they relate to his hometown of Chicago. He was an encyclopedia editor in the social sciences for more than 27 years, from 1968 to 1996, at ''New Standard Encyclopedia''. Since 2001, he has been reference and government documents librarian at Lewis University Library in Romeoville, Illinois. He also served as the rhythm-and-blues editor for ''Goldmine'' magazine from 1985 to 2006.
- Chicago Soul, University of Illinois Press, 1991
- Doowop: The Chicago Scene, University of Illinois Press, 1996
- The Rise of American High School Sports and the Search for Control, 1880-1930, Syracuse University Press, 2013
Titles At Your Library
Chicago Soul (Music in American Life)
ISBN: 0252062590 University of Illinois Press. 1992 Original publication and copyright date: 1991.
Doowop: THE CHICAGO SCENE (Music in American Life)
ISBN: 0252065069 University of Illinois Press. 1997 Explores the origins and artists of the early rock'n'roll form that originated with the teen culture on the streets of Chicago
The Rise of American High School Sports and the Search for Control: 1880-1930 (Sports and Entertainment)
ISBN: 0815633149 Syracuse University Press. 2013 Nearly half of all American high school students participate in sports teams. With a total of 7.6 million participants as of 2008, this makes the high school sports program in America the largest organized sports program in the world. Pruter’s work traces the history of high school sports from the student-led athletic clubs of the 1800s through to the establishment of educator control of high school sports under a national federation by the 1930s. Pruter’s research serves not only to highlight this rich history but also to provide new perspectives on how high school sports became the arena by which Americans fought for some of the most contentious issues in society, such as race, immigration and Americanization, gender roles, religious conflict, the role of the military in democracy, and the commercial exploitation of our youth.