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)|
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