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Integrating the gridiron : Black civil rights and American college football

Author: Lane Demas
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2010.
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Even the most casual sports fans celebrate the achievements of professional athletes, among them Jackie Robinson, Muhammad Ali, and Joe Louis. Yet before and after these heroes staked a claim for African Americans in professional sports, dozens of college athletes asserted their own civil rights on the amateur playing field, and continue to do so today. This book is devoted to exploring the racial politics of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Demas, Lane.
Integrating the gridiron.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)760175427
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lane Demas
ISBN: 9780813547411 0813547415 9780813549972 0813549973
OCLC Number: 423215004
Description: ix, 180 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Beyond Jackie Robinson: racial integration in American college football and new directions in sport history --
"On the threshold of broad and rich football pastures": integrated college football at UCLA, 1938-1941 --
"A fist that was very much intentional" : postwar football in the Midwest and the 1951 Johnny Bright scandal --
"We play anyone" : deciphering the racial politics of Georgia and the 1956 Sugar Bowl controversy --
"Beat the devil out of BYU" : football and black power in the mountain west, 1968-1970.
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This is the first book devoted to exploring the racial politics of college athletics, examining the history of African Americans on predominantly white college football teams from the 19th century  Read more...

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"This book will occupy an important--and previously empty--place on the bookshelf of American sports history for many years to come."

 
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