Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America (Sports and Entertainment)

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African-American athletes have experienced a tumultuous relationship with mainstream white America. "Glory Bound" brings together for the first time eleven essays that explore this complex topic by sports studies scholar David K. Wiggins. In his writings, Wiggins recounts the struggle of black athletes to climb their "own" racial mountain - their struggle to fully participate in sport while maintaining their own cultural identity and pride. Wiggins examines other seminal moments that defined and changed the black athlete's role in white America, from the 19th century to the present: the personal crusade of Wendell Smith to promote black participation in organized baseball, the triumph of Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics and the proposed boycott of the Games, and the response of America's black press and community. "Glory Bound" demonstrates how the civil rights movement changed the face of American athletics and society forever. With the genesis of the black power movement in sport, Wiggins notes a significant shift in black - and white - America's attention to the African-American athlete. In his final and newest essay, he examines the writings of Edwin B. Henderson, the "father of black sport history", who wrote the first books on African-American involvement in sport.

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Glory Bound demonstrates how the civil rights movement changed the face of American athletics and society forever. With the genesis of the black power movement in sport, Wiggins notes a significant shift in black--and white--America's attention to the African American athlete.

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This collection of 11 essays examines the historical position of the black athlete within white society. Wiggins, a professor at George Mason University, is at his best when profiling a prominent black sports figure and extrapolating the individual's situation into a view of the society at large. Among the highlights are essays on Peter Jackson, an Australian heavyweight boxer who came to America to fight John L. Sullivan but never got the match; jockey Isaac Murphy, who won the Kentucky Derby three times (14 of the first 15 Derby-winning jockeys were black); and Pittsburgh Courier-Journal sports editor Wended Smith, who played a key role in lobbying for the inclusion of blacks in major-league baseball. These thought-provoking, scholarly yet readable pieces will educate readers and generate discussion about the status of black athletes in American society. A good choice for most public libraries. Wes Lukowsky

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