Jim Thorpe: 20th-Century Jock

Jim Thorpe: 20th-Century Jock

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by Robert Lipsyte
     
 

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Jim Thorpe was cheered as a superman when he won Olympic gold medals in both the decathlon and the pentathlon. Later, the young Native American was stripped of those honors and disgraced when authorities discovered he once played semi-professional baseball. See more details below

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Jim Thorpe was cheered as a superman when he won Olympic gold medals in both the decathlon and the pentathlon. Later, the young Native American was stripped of those honors and disgraced when authorities discovered he once played semi-professional baseball.

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Janice Del Negro
With a writer of Lipsyte's caliber, the high/low appearance of this short sports biography is an asset instead of a liability. Tracing the life of Jim Thorpe (or Bright Path, the name given to him by his Native American mother) from his childhood spent in reservation schools to his young adulthood in the larger arena of college and the Olympic games to his early death in 1953, Lipsyte shows a man who succeeded against all odds, only to be brought down by a racist press and public. Placing Jim Thorpe in the context of his time, Lipsyte talks about the limited opportunities made available to Native Americans and the prevailing attitudes of the white society that provided them. Involving and thought provoking, the account has wide applicability across curriculum lines, and it will fill a number of current information needs in the areas of biography, sports, Native Americans, and race relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060229894
Publisher:
HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Superstar Lineup Series
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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