Biography & Autobiography

Before Jackie Robinson

Author: Gerald R. Gems

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 360

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While the accomplishments and influence of Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, and Muhammad Ali are doubtless impressive solely on their merits, these luminaries of the black sporting experience did not emerge spontaneously. Their rise was part of a gradual evolution in social and power relations in American culture between the 1890s and 1940s that included athletes such as jockey Isaac Murphy, barnstorming pilot Bessie Coleman, and golfer Teddy Rhodes. The contributions of these early athletes to our broader collective history, and their heroic confrontations with the entrenched racism of their times, helped bring about the incremental changes that after 1945 allowed for sports to be more fully integrated. Before Jackie Robinson details and analyzes the lives of these lesser-known but important athletes within the broader history of black liberation. These figures not only excelled in their given sports but also transcended class and racial divides in making inroads into popular culture despite the societal restrictions placed on them. They were also among the first athletes to blur the line between athletics, entertainment, and celebrity culture. This volume presents a more nuanced account of early African American athletes' lives and their ongoing struggle for acceptance, relevance, and personal and group identity.

The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality

Author: Yanela G. McLeod

Publisher: Lexington Books


Category: History

Page: 198

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This book explores the civil rights activism of the Miami Times between 1948 and 1958 by highlighting its effort to help abolish the “Monday-only” policy that restricted black golfers to a single day of access to the Miami Springs Municipal Golf Course.
Social Science

Sports Matters

Author: John Bloom

Publisher: NYU Press


Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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Sports Matters brings critical attention to the centrality of race within the politics and pleasures of the massive sports culture that developed in the U.S. during the past century and a half.
New York (N.Y.)





Category: New York (N.Y.)


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