WorldCat Identities

Smith, C. Fraser 1938-

Works: 9 works in 19 publications in 1 language and 755 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Documentary radio programs  Interviews 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E185.93.M2, 323.11960730752
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by C. Fraser Smith
Here lies Jim Crow : civil rights in Maryland by C. Fraser Smith( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Though he lived throughout much of the South -- and even worked his way into parts of the North for a time -- Jim Crow was conceived and buried in Maryland. From Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney's infamous decision in the Dred Scott case to Thurgood Marshall's eloquent and effective work on Brown v. Board of Education, the battle for black equality is very much the story of Free State women and men. Here, Baltimore Sun columnist C. Fraser Smith recounts that tale through the stories, words, and deeds of famous, infamous, and little-known Marylanders. He traces the roots of Jim Crow laws from Dred Scott to Plessy v. Ferguson and describes the parallel and opposite early efforts of those who struggled to establish freedom and basic rights for African Americans. Following the historical trail of evidence, Smith relates latter-day examples of Maryland residents who trod those same steps, from the thrice-failed attempt to deny black people the vote in the early twentieth century to nascent demonstrations for open access to lunch counters, movie theaters, stores, golf courses, and other public and private institutions -- struggles that occurred decades before the now-celebrated historical figures strode onto the national civil rights scene. Smith's lively account includes the grand themes and the state's major players in the movement -- Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, Thurgood Marshall, and Lillie May Jackson, among others -- and also tells the story of the struggle via several of Maryland's important but relatively unknown men and women -- such as Gloria Richardson, John Prentiss Poe, William L. 'Little Willie' Adams, and Walter Sondheim -- who prepared Jim Crow's grave and waited for the nation to deliver the body."--Jacket
Lenny, Lefty, and the chancellor : the Len Bias tragedy and the search for reform in big-time college basketball by C. Fraser Smith( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where were you on June 19, 1986? That's the day when Len Bias, one of the greats of the college basketball game, a player seemingly destined for NBA stardom, died of a cocaine overdose. For the next several months, millions followed the continuing, unfolding tragedy at the University of Maryland at College Park. Six years later, where is big-time basketball-the big-money game whose vulnerabilities began to come to life with Bias's death? How far has it come in reforming itself against the abuses that contributed to the Bias tragedy? In "Lenny, Lefty, and the Chancellor," Baltimore Sun reporter C. Fraser Smith answers those questions through the microcosm of the University of Maryland. He demonstrates how, despite numerous obstacles, the University of Maryland has been reforming its program during the five years since Bias's death-actually transforming it from sinkhole to national model. In so doing, Smith provides the first book to look at the problems of intercollegiate sports from the college president's perspective-a point of view crucial to getting balance instilled in such programs. "From 1929, the year the Carnegie Commission issued its report on the subject, through 1991, when the Knight Commission released its report, every analyst has said that university presidents are the ones who must solve the problems of intercollegiate athletics," says Smith. "My book, more than any available, carefully analyzes what presidents [such as former UM Chancellor John Slaughter] have to work with, and what they are up against." Reliance on the presidents, Smith concludes, "is illusory and unrealistic." In Lenny, Lefty, and the Chancellor, Smith gets at the central issues through three main characters-each of them extraordinary and compelling. "Clearly, Len Bias captured the imagination of the sporting world," says Smith. "People still remember where they were when they heard the seemingly impossible news that Bias, just drafted the day before by the Boston Celtics, had died. Lefty Driesell, though now at James Madison University and thus somewhat out of the national spotlight, is vividly remembered by college basketball followers nationwide as a uniquely charismatic and successful coach. Chancellor John Slaughter, a black college president, is less well-known but just as interesting. His core experience as UM chancellor was built around a dead basketball superstar and a problem-plagued college basketball program, but his story is important well beyond that, because it delves into such important areas as race relations in America today." Fully-textured and crisply written, sober yet gripping, Lenny, Lefty, and the Chancellor is a "people and issue" book that brings the problems of big-time college basketball down to the understandable level of the individual. "That," says Smith, "is something you can't get from a year's worth of reading dry texts and graduation statistics." Though the book offers an insider's look at the University of Maryland, and at Maryland politics, it fits snugly into a larger and timely framework. With the Knight Commission refocusing attention on big-time basketball, the NCAA enacting new reforms pioneered at UM, and NCAA teams headed into another season, the lessons of the Len Bias tragedy at Maryland are important at the national level as well. "University basketball," says Smith, "permeates the American culture."
William Donald Schaefer : a political biography by C. Fraser Smith( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'68 : the fire last time( Recording )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To mark the 40th anniversary of one of Baltimore's most explosive weeks, WYPR broadcast a five-part radio documentary series. First four pieces provide a historical narrative, including interviews with public figures notable at the time: former Governor Marvin Mandel, Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, III, Reverend Marion Bascom and Morgan State Professor Homer Favor. The last piece is a studio discussion with local academics and activists. This five-part audio-documentary captures the years leading up to unrest, the city's response to Dr. King's assassination, reactions of ordinary people to the assassination, the anatomy of the riot, as well as the aftermath
The Smith manoeuvre : is your mortgage tax deductible? by C. Fraser Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Citizen Schaefer interviews by Maryland Public Television( )

in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The collection contains video interviews on 25 DVD-R discs and interview transcripts on 1 CD-R disc
Maryland's largess is almost unequaled by C. Fraser Smith( )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

State begins to dig out of debt by C. Fraser Smith( )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

System contains area of privilege by C. Fraser Smith( )

1 edition published in 1979 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Audience level: 0.42 (from 0.20 for '68 : the ... to 1.00 for Maryland's ...)

Here lies Jim Crow : civil rights in Maryland
Alternative Names
Smith, Fraser, 1938-

Smith, James Fraser, 1938-

English (19)

Lenny, Lefty, and the chancellor : the Len Bias tragedy and the search for reform in big-time college basketballWilliam Donald Schaefer : a political biographyThe Smith manoeuvre : is your mortgage tax deductible?