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Negro league baseball : the rise and ruin of a Black institution

Author: Neil Lanctot
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The story of black professional baseball provides a remarkable window into several major themes in modern African American history: the initial black response to segregation, the subsequent struggle to establish successful separate enterprises, and the later movement toward integration. Baseball functioned as a critical component in the separate economy catering to black consumers in the urban centers of the north
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil Lanctot
ISBN: 0812238079 9780812238075 9780812220278 0812220277
OCLC Number: 54371683
Awards: Winner of Society for American Baseball Research Seymour Medal 2005.
Description: xi, 496 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A fragile industry and a struggling community --
External threats and internal dissension --
Growing pains --
A new beginning --
An industry transformed --
Life inside a changing industry --
On the outside looking in --
Breakthrough and setback --
Integration and the changing postwar world --
"The golden era has passed" --
The end of a business.
Responsibility: Neil Lanctot.

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"This is a superb historical analysis of the Negro Leagues... Lanctot provides, in my opinion, the most detailed and sophisticated examination of black baseball ever written."-David K. Wiggins, Read more...

 
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