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Major : a black athlete, a White era, and the fight to be the world's fastest human being

Author: Todd Balf
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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At the turn of the 20th century, hundreds of handsome, lightning-fast racers won the hearts and minds of a bicycling-crazed public. Scientists studied them, newspapers glorified them, and millions of dollars in purse money was awarded to them. Major Taylor aimed to be the fastest of them all. A prominent black man at a time when such a thing was deemed scandalous, his mounting victories, high moral virtue, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Balf, Todd.
Major.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©2008
(OCoLC)605314726
Online version:
Balf, Todd.
Major.
New York : Crown Publishers, ©2008
(OCoLC)608434563
Named Person: Major Taylor; Major Taylor; Major Taylor
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Todd Balf
ISBN: 9780307236586 0307236587
OCLC Number: 137325089
Description: 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: In the age of progress, problem --
Free --
Flight --
Fire --
Six days --
New year --
Together --
Two seconds --
Civil War --
No limits --
Something at the end --
La belle epoque --
Twoness --
Steal away --
Australia --
February fires --
The last best race --
Home.
Responsibility: Todd Balf.
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At the turn of the 20th century, hundreds of handsome, lightning-fast racers won the hearts and minds of a bicycling-crazed public. Scientists studied them, newspapers glorified them, and millions of dollars in purse money was awarded to them. Major Taylor aimed to be the fastest of them all. A prominent black man at a time when such a thing was deemed scandalous, his mounting victories, high moral virtue, and bulletlike riding style made him a target for ridicule from the press and sabotage by the white riders who shared the track with him. This is the account of a fierce rivalry that would become an archetypal tale of white versus black in the 20th century. But it is also the tale of our nation's first black sports celebrity--a man who transcended the handicaps of race at the turn of the century to reach the stratosphere of fame.--From publisher description.

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