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Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America

Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America

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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. In his writings, well-known sports scholar David K. Wiggins recounts the struggle of black athletes to participate fully in sports while maintaining their own cultural identity and pride. Wiggins examines the seminal moments that defined and changed the black athlete's role in white America from the nineteenth 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.

Author: David Wiggins
Publisher: Syracuse University Publications in Continuin
Published: 04/01/1997
Pages: 324
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.93lbs
Size: 9.01h x 6.03w x 0.72d
ISBN: 9780815627340

Review Citation(s):
Booklist 03/01/1997
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