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

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.

Product Details

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)

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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