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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. Ann Fabian
  3. pp. ix-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jonathan D. Cohen and David G. Schwartz
  3. pp. 3-14
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  1. Part One. Policing
  1. 1. “The News from Brooklyn Is Disturbing”—Corruption, Big-City Police, and the Dilemma of Gambling
  2. Matthew Vaz
  3. pp. 17-43
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  1. 2. “The Ever Watchful Eye of the Magnate”—Policing and Ballpark Gambling in the Twentieth Century
  2. Seth S. Tannenbaum
  3. pp. 44-70
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  1. Part Two. Promoting
  1. 3. “Avoid Advertising the Obvious”— Gambling and the Chamber of Commerce Promotion of Las Vegas in the 1950s
  2. Larry Gragg
  3. pp. 73-96
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  1. 4. The Business of Gambling — How Press Releases Helped Legitimize the Gaming Industry in Las Vegas
  2. Jessalynn R. Strauss
  3. pp. 97-114
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  1. Part Three. Proliferating
  1. 5. Something for Nothing — The Fiscal Alchemy of Lottery Legalization
  2. Jonathan D. Cohen
  3. pp. 117-144
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  1. 6. No End in Sight — How the United States Became a Gambling Nation, 1950–2000
  2. David G. Schwartz
  3. pp. 145-170
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  1. Part IV. Praying
  1. 7. In the Lion’s Den — Evangelicals on the Las Vegas Strip and the Meaning of Billy Graham’s 1978 Crusade
  2. Michelle Robinson
  3. pp. 173-201
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  1. 8. Sanctity, Pragmatism, and Paying the Bills—The Controversial Use of Bingo in Synagogues
  2. Dan Judson
  3. pp. 202-220
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  1. Part V. Playing
  1. 9. Rolling the Dice — The Rise of the Reservation Casino and the Native American Fight for Cultural Survival
  2. Seema Kurup
  3. pp. 223-246
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  1. 10. The Neoliberal Lottery — Elliot Rodger and the Affective Economy of Masculinity
  2. Daniel Ante-Contreras
  3. pp. 247-272
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 273-274
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  1. About the Editors
  2. pp. 275-276
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 277-284
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