African-American Athletes (A to Z of African Americans Series)

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African Americans have been participating in sports in the United States since the 19th century -- long before many whites accepted them in this context. Since World War II, they have become recognized as competitors in such diverse fields as baseball, boxing, football, track and field, gymnastics, tennis, and golf. The change from whites-only participation to black dominance in many sports did not come painlessly or without the remarkable perseverance of individual athletes. From the early years to the present ...
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African Americans have been participating in sports in the United States since the 19th century -- long before many whites accepted them in this context. Since World War II, they have become recognized as competitors in such diverse fields as baseball, boxing, football, track and field, gymnastics, tennis, and golf. The change from whites-only participation to black dominance in many sports did not come painlessly or without the remarkable perseverance of individual athletes. From the early years to the present day, an impressive array of blacks have achieved success as athletes. This book profiles more than 155 athletes. Each enlightening biographical entry concentrates on the events in that person's life related to his or her accomplishments as an athlete and includes a list of further reading on that person. An introduction, bibliography, subject indexes, general index, and 50 photographs round out the resource.
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Gr 8 Up-These biographical dictionaries highlight the lives and accomplishments of notable individuals, past and present. Each volume contains 125 to 200 alphabetical entries, all of which provide some biographical details and concentrate on events related to achievements in that field. Athletes includes sports from automobile racing to wrestling. An appended list subdivides major sports, so Ernie Banks and Derek Jeter are grouped under "Baseball Infielder" and Gale Sayers and Marshall Faulk under "Football Running Back." Unheralded women such as Earline Brown (shot putter) and Flo Hyman (volleyball) accompany more common names such as Althea Gibson. Performing Arts includes actors, dancers, choreographers, composers, and musicians and singers from ragtime to rap. Many entries, including those on Angela Bassett, Fats Waller, and Leontyne Price, provide cross-references to individuals who influenced the performers. Social Leaders contains abolitionists, separatists, civil rights activists, educators, newspaper publishers, and others whose efforts focused on the issues of their day. Entries on W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks accompany those on scores of lesser-known men and women. Nearly all entries have a Web-site reference. Science, Math, and Invention includes trailblazers who broke color barriers in their field, such as Frederick Drew Gregory, Deputy Administrator of NASA; and Sarah Breedlove Walker, the first self-made woman millionaire in the U.S. Average-quality, black-and-white portraits are scattered throughout. Overall, these are fine reference sources.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816048052
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: A to Z of African Americans Series
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Entries vi
Introduction viii
A to Z Entries 1
Bibliography and Recommended Sources 245
Entries by Area of Activity 246
Entries by Year of Birth 249
Index 251
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