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The Strange Career of the Black Athlete: African Americans and Sports

The Strange Career of the Black Athlete: African Americans and Sports

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ISBN-13: 9780275982232
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/30/2006
Edition description: ANN
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Russell T. Wigginton is Vice-President for College Relations and former Assistant Professor of History, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tenn.

Table of Contents


Can They Really Play? African American Participation in "White" Sports

Heroes or Villains? The Categorization of African-American Star Athletes, 1892-1946

When the Rooster Crows: African American Athletes in the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1954-1968

The Rules Have Changed But The Game Is Still The Same: Black Athletes' Achievements in the Civil Rights Era and Beyond

"She's Done More for Her Country Than What the U.S. Could Have Paid Her For: "African American Women and Sports



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Beverly Robertson

"The Strange Career of the Black Athlete is an important contribution to our continuous struggle to understand and reconcile our nation's racial past. Wigginton highlights how many African American athletes jeopardized their promising careers and joined up with countless others who dared to fight for social, political, and economic freedom. Scholars, students, and engaged citizens interested in human rights and justice issues will appreciate this book."

Vernon Burton

"Looking through the lens of sports, The Strange Career of the Black Athlete captures the historical influence of race in America. Wigginton carefully explains how the particular era, sport, and individual personalities have influenced our perceptions of, and reactions to, African American athletes. His insightful analyses is a valuable addition to the literature that builds on renowned scholar C. Vann Woodward's seminal work on race relations written more than fifty years ago."

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