Skip to product information
1 of 1

Indiana University Press

For Gold and Glory: Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Racing Car Circuit

For Gold and Glory: Charlie Wiggins and the African-American Racing Car Circuit

Regular price $16.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $16.95 USD
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

This book tells the little-known story of a highly celebrated auto-racing event for African Americans, the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes. These races were held in Indiana and throughout the Midwest during the racial turbulence of the 1920s and 1930s, when the Ku Klux Klan cast a shadow over the social and political landscape of the state and region. The story is told through the eyes and emotions of Indianapolis auto mechanic Charlie Wiggins. The greatest African American driver of the era, Wiggins was known as the Negro Speed King. Set against the colorful backdrop of gangsters, bootleggers, the birth of jazz, and the early history of auto racing in the United States, For Gold and Glory chronicles the tragedies and triumphs of a dedicated group of individuals who overcame tremendous odds to chase their dreams.

Author: Todd Gould
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 08/08/2007
Pages: 240
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.75lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.10w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780253219626

Review Citation(s):
Choice 02/01/2008 pg. 1198

About the Author

Todd Gould is the ten-time Emmy Award-winning writer and television producer of For Gold and Glory, the PBS television special on which this book is based. Gould is author of Pioneers of the Hardwood (IUP, 1998). He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

View full details