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African American Icons of Sport: Triumph, Courage, and Excellence / Edition 1

African American Icons of Sport: Triumph, Courage, and Excellence / Edition 1

by Matthew Whitaker Ph.D.


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This title offers an examination of African Americans in sports, from a variety of perspectives and through a lively range of rhetoric styles, and illuminates the history of highly successful and influential individuals, athletes and teams who have transcended mere celebrity to come to represent a given Zeitgeist to a sizable part of the world. It also explores the history and lives of complex, multi-layered personages and groups. Finally, it examines the extent to which modern mass media and popular culture have contributed greatly to the rise, and sometimes fall, of the these powerful symbols of athletic, individual, and group excellence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313340284
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2008
Series: Greenwood Icons
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 15 - 18 Years

About the Author

MATTHEW C. WHITAKER is Associate Professor of United States History, African and American Studies, and Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. His articles have appeared in many journals and encyclopedias, and his latest book is titled Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West (University of Nebraska Press, 2005).

Table of Contents

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1. Muhammad Ali

2. Arthur Ashe

3. Charles Barkley

4. Barry Bonds

5. Jim Brown

6. Wilt Chamberlain

7. George Foreman

8. Althea Gibson

9. Harlem Globetrotters

10. Derrick Derek Jeter

11. Earvin Magic Johnson

12. Jack Johnson

13. Michael Jordan

14. Florence Griffin Joyner

15. Joe Louis

16. Negro Baseball Leagues

17. Shaquille ONeal

18. Jessie Owens

19. Bill Pickett

20. Eddie Robinson

21. Wilma Rudolph

22. Tommie Smith and John Carlos

23. Venus and Serena Williams

24. Tiger Woods

About the Editor and Contributors

Selected Bibliography


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