Tackling Jim Crow: Racial Segregation in Professional Football

Overview

Many are familiar with Jackie Robinson and the integration of Major League Baseball after all the years of separate black and white leagues, but fewer people know of the segregation and then integration of the National Football League. The timing and sequence of events were different, but football followed a pattern similar to that of baseball in regard to the beginning and end of racial segregation.

This work traces professional football's movement from segregation to ...

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Overview

Many are familiar with Jackie Robinson and the integration of Major League Baseball after all the years of separate black and white leagues, but fewer people know of the segregation and then integration of the National Football League. The timing and sequence of events were different, but football followed a pattern similar to that of baseball in regard to the beginning and end of racial segregation.

This work traces professional football's movement from segregation to integration, beginning with a discussion of the various reasons why the game was first segregated. It describes the schemes that NFL owners came up with to ban African Americans from the league in the 1930s and 1940s, and tells how these barriers broke down after World War II. The author considers how professional football overcame the legacies of Jim Crow and how Jim Crow laws may still haunt the game.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786415977
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/26/2003
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 1,029,308
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Longtime sports fan Alan H. Levy is a professor of American history at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Joe McCarthy (2005), Rube Waddell (2000) and several books on American music, including a biography of the noted composer Edward MacDowell.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Early Days of Integration 7
2 Early African Americans in Football 11
3 The Emerging Pro Game 18
4 Ohio Football 23
5 New League, New Opportunities 28
6 The Curtain Falls 38
7 The Segregation Years 57
8 Trials of the War Years 70
9 The Early Saga of Marion Motley 76
10 The Walls Come Tumbling Down 87
11 The Life and Death of Big Daddy and the Decline of Marion Motley 106
12 George Marshall's Last Stand 120
13 Back Down in the City of New Orleans 138
14 Point After 148
Notes 157
Bibliography 165
Index 169
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