The Strange Career of the Black Athlete: African Americans and Sports available in Hardcover
Few realize that some sports were integrated, or even dominated by blacks, before becoming dominated by whites, for example, horse racing, golf, hockey, and tennis. This book provides a lens through which to view the historical context and specific circumstances of African Americans' presence in various sports. The author asks why sport has at times challenged the status quo with regard to race and civil rights, and at other times reinforced it. To that end, he analyzes various sports and asks why and when has each sport responded differently.
Wigginton asks how did blacks break the color barrier? Were they able to maintain representation in the particular sport? And did the entrance of blacks in these sports change the public's perception of the sport? The answers to these questions shed light on why America remains preoccupied with sports, race, and the seemingly integral relationship between the two.
|Publisher:||Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated|
|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
What People are Saying About This
"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."
"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."