Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath / Edition 1

Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath / Edition 1

by Douglas Hartmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226318567

ISBN-13: 9780226318561

Pub. Date: 11/01/2003

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Ever since 1968 a single iconic image of race in American sport has remained indelibly etched on our collective memory: sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos accepting medals at the Mexico City Olympics with their black-gloved fists raised and heads bowed. But what inspired their protest? What happened after they stepped down from the podium? And how did their

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Overview

Ever since 1968 a single iconic image of race in American sport has remained indelibly etched on our collective memory: sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos accepting medals at the Mexico City Olympics with their black-gloved fists raised and heads bowed. But what inspired their protest? What happened after they stepped down from the podium? And how did their gesture impact racial inequalities?

Drawing on extensive archival research and newly gathered oral histories, Douglas Hartmann sets out to answer these questions, reconsidering this pivotal event in the history of American sport. He places Smith and Carlos within the broader context of the civil rights movement and the controversial revolt of the black athlete. Although the movement drew widespread criticism, it also led to fundamental reforms in the organizational structure of American amateur athletics. Moving from historical narrative to cultural analysis, Hartmann explores what we can learn about the complex relations between race and sport in contemporary America from this episode and its aftermath.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226318561
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface: Sport, Race, and a Decade of Disruption
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Unforgettable Fists3
Pt. 1The Movement, 1967-1968
2Agents of Challenge29
3Of Civil Rights, Culture Fights, and Abstract ideals60
4Movement Mobilizing93
5Power Plays: Trials, Triumphs, and Polarization133
Pt. 2The Aftermath, 1968 to 1978 and Beyond
6Only Just Begun169
7Resolving the Racial Crisis207
8The Cultural Politics of Sport and Race in the Postprotest Era251
Epilogue: Atlanta, 1996271
Notes275
References315
Index333

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