Sport and the Color Line Black Athletes and Race Relations in Twentieth Century America

ISBN-10: 0415946115

ISBN-13: 9780415946117

Edition: 2004

Authors: Patrick B. Miller, David K. Wiggins

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The year 2003 marks the one-hundredth anniversary of W.E.B. Du Bois' Souls of Black Folk, in which he declared that "the color line" would be the problem of the twentieth century. Half a century later, Jackie Robinson would display his remarkable athletic skills in "baseball's great experiment." Now, Sport and the Color Line takes a look at the last century through the lens of sports and race, drawing together articles by many of the leading figures in Sport Studies to address the African American experience and the history of race relations. The history of African Americans in sport is not simple, and it certainly did not begin in 1947 when Jackie Robinson first donned a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. The essays presented here examine the complexity of black American sports culture, from the organization of semi-pro baseball and athletic programs at historically black colleges and universities, to the careers of individual stars such as Jack Johnson and Joe Louis, to the challenges faced byblack women in sports. What are today's black athletes doing in the aftermath of desegregation, or with the legacy of Muhammad Ali's political stance? The essays gathered here engage such issues, as well as the paradoxes of corporate sport and the persistence of scientific racism in the athletic realm.
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List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/24/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

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Joe Louis: American Folk Hero
"End Jim Crow in Sports": The Leonard Bates Controversy and Protest at New York University, 1940-1941
Jackie Robinson: "A Lone Negro" in Major League Baseball
More Than a Game: The Political Meaning of High School Basketball in Indianapolis
"Cinderellas" of Sport: Black Women in Track and Field
Jim Crow in the Gymnasium: The Integration of College Basketball in the American South
Civil Rights on the Gridiron: The Kennedy Administration and the Desegregation of the Washington Redskins
Images of the Black Athlete and the Racial Politics of Sport
Edwin Bancroft Henderson, African American Athletes, and the Writing of Sport History
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali's Confounding Character
The Sports Spectacle
The Anatomy of Scientific Racism: Racialist Responses to Black Athletic Achievement
Crisis of Black Athletes at the Outset of the 21st Century
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