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With contributions by Prosper Godonoo, Urla Hill, C. Richard King, David J. Leonard, Jack Lule, Murry Nelson, David C. Ogden, Robert W. Reising, and Joel Nathan Rosen Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations includes essays on Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Curt Flood, Paul Robeson, Jim Thorpe, Bill Russell, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos. The essayists in this volume write about twentieth-century athletes whose careers were affected by racism and whose post-career reputations have improved ...
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With contributions by Prosper Godonoo, Urla Hill, C. Richard King, David J. Leonard, Jack Lule, Murry Nelson, David C. Ogden, Robert W. Reising, and Joel Nathan Rosen Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations includes essays on Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Curt Flood, Paul Robeson, Jim Thorpe, Bill Russell, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos. The essayists in this volume write about twentieth-century athletes whose careers were affected by racism and whose post-career reputations have improved as society's understanding of race changed. Contributors attempt to clarify the stories of these sports stars and their places as twentieth-century icons by analyzing the various myths that surround them. When media, fans, sports leagues, and the athletes themselves commemorate sports legends, shifts in popular perceptions often serve to obscure an athlete's role in history. Such revisions can lack coherence and trivialize the efforts of some legendary competitors and those associated with them. Adding racial tensions to this process further complicates the task of preserving the valuable achievements of key players.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617030444
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 9/22/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 489 KB

Meet the Author


David C. Ogden is associate professor of communication at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has published in numerous journals.

Joel Nathan Rosen is assistant professor of sociology at Moravian College and the author of The Erosion of the American Sporting Ethos: Shifting Attitudes toward Competition.

Jack Lule is the Joseph B. McFadden Professor in Journalism at Lehigh University and is associate editor of Critical Studies in Media Communication.

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Table of Contents

Foreword C. Richard King King, C. Richard

Introduction Examining Reputations within a Cultural Context David C. Ogden Ogden, David C. Joel Nathan Rosen Rosen, Joel Nathan

Pt. I The Archetypes

Constructing Banality: The Trivialization of the Jackie Robinson Legacy Joel Nathan Rosen Rosen, Joel Nathan 3

Roberto Clemente: From Ignominy to Icon David C. Ogden Ogden, David C. 16

Pt. II The Cherished Dead

Curt Flood: "Death Is a Slave's Freedom": His Fight against Baseball, History, and White Supremacy David J. Leonard Leonard, David J. 31

Paul Robeson: Honor and the Politics of Dignity Prosper Godonoo Godonoo, Prosper 48

Remaking an Overlooked Icon: The Reconstruction of Jim Thorpe Robert W. Reising Reising, Robert W. 67

Pt. III The Living Models

Bill Russell: From Revulsion to Resurrection Murry Nelson Nelson, Murry 87

Racing after Smith and Carlos: Revisiting Those Fists Some Forty Years Hence Urla Hill Hill, Urla 102

Afterword: The Globalization of Vilification; The Localization of Redemption Jack Lule Lule, Jack 127

Contributors 133

Index 135

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