Sport and the Color Line: Black Athletes and Race Relations in Twentieth-Century America / Edition 1

Sport and the Color Line: Black Athletes and Race Relations in Twentieth-Century America / Edition 1

by Patrick B. Miller
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415946115

ISBN-13: 9780415946117

Pub. Date: 11/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

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

Overview

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 by black 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415946117
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
I. Sport and Community in the Era of Jim Crow
1. Sport and Black Pittsburgh, 1900-1930, Rob Ruck
2. Black Entrepreneurship in the National Pastime: The Rise of Semiprofessional Baseball in Black Chicago, 1890-1915, Michael Lomax
3. Year of the Comet: Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries, July 4, 1910, Randy Roberts
4. "A General Understanding": Organized Baseball and Black Professional Baseball, 1900-1930, Neil Lanctot
5. "We Were Ladies, We Just Played Basketball Like Boys": African American Womanhood and Competitive Basketball at Bennett College, 1928-42, Rita Liberti
6. A Special Type of Discipline: Manhood and Community in African American Institutions, 1923-57, Pamela Grundy
II. The Ordeal of Desegregation
7. Joe Louis: American Folk Hero, William H. Wiggins
8. "End Jim Crow in Sports": The Leonard Bates Controversy and Protest at New York University, 1940-1941, Donald Spivey
9. Jackie Robinson: "A Lone Negro" in Major League Baseball, Jules Tygiel
10. More Than a Game: The Political Meaning of High School Basketball in Indianapolis, Richard B. Pierce
11. "Cinderellas" of Sport: Black Women in Track and Field, Susan Cahn
12. Jim Crow in the Gymnasium: The Integration of College Basketball in the American South, Charles H. Martin
13. Civil Rights on the Gridiron: The Kennedy Administration and the Desegregation of the Washington Redskins, Thomas G. Smith
III. Images of the Black Athlete and the Racial Politics of Sport
14. Edwin Bancroft Henderson, African American Athletes, and the Writing of Sport History, David K. Wiggin
15. The Greatest: Muhammad Ali's Confounding Character, David W. Zang
16. The Sports Spectacle, MichaelJordan, and Nike: The Paradoxes of Corporate Sport, Douglas Kellner
17. The Anatomy of Scientific Racism: Racialist Responses to Black Athletic Achievement, Patrick B. Miller
18. Crisis of Black Athletes at the Outset of the 21st Century, Harry Edwards
Further Reading
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