The Unlevel Playing Field
A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Sport
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Unlevel Playing Field by David K. Wiggins
Book DescriptionThis extraordinarily rich collection of primary sources charts the significant, intertwining histories of African Americans and sport. "The Unlevel Playing Field" contains more than one hundred documents on both pioneering and modern-day athletes, ranging chronologically from a challenge issued by prizefighter Tom Molineaux in the "London Times" in 1810 to contributions from commentators like Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, James Baldwin, and Eldridge Cleaver, as well as contemporary observers such as Nikki Giovanni, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and bell hooks. Introductions and headnotes by David K. Wiggins and Patrick B. Miller place each document in context, shaping a compelling narrative. David K. Wiggins teaches sport history at George Mason University. He is the author of "Glory Bound: Black Athletes in a White America." Patrick B. Miller teaches history at Northeastern Illinois University. He is the editor of "The Sporting World of the Modern South." A volume in the series "Sport and Society", it is edited by Benjamin G. Rader and Randy Roberts.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780252072727
(254mm x 179mm x 28mm)
Imprint: University of Illinois Press
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David K. Wiggins
Sport and the Color Line, Hardback (January 2004)
The history of African Americans in sport is not simple, and it certainly did not begin in 1947 when Jackie Robinson first donned a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform. The essays presented here examine the complexity of black American sports culture.
Glory Bound, Paperback (February 1997)» View all books by David K. Wiggins
African-American athletes have had a tumultuous relationship with white America. "Glory Bound" brings together essays that explore this complex topic. Wiggins recounts the struggle of black athletes to climb their "own" racial mountain, while maintaining their own cultural identity.
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