Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the by Amy Bass

By Amy Bass

Jesse Owens. Muhammad Ali. Michael Jordan. Tiger Woods. All are iconic black athletes, as are Tommie Smith and John Carlos, the 2 African American song and box medalists who raised black-gloved fists at the victory dais on the Mexico urban Olympics and taken the entire roiling American racial politics of the past due Sixties to a world tv viewers. yet few of these audience absolutely learned what had ended in this demonstration-events that integrated the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., uprisings in American towns, pupil protests around the globe, the increase of the Black strength circulation, and decolonization and apartheid in Africa.

In this far-reaching account, Amy Bass deals not anything below a historical past of the black athlete. starting with the racial eugenics discussions of the early 20th century and their carrying on with reverberations in well known perceptions of black actual talents, Bass explores ongoing African American makes an attempt to problem those stereotypes. particularly, she examines the Olympic undertaking for Human Rights, a company that labored to mobilize black athletes within the Nineteen Sixties and whose paintings culminated with the Mexico urban protest.

Although Tommie Smith and John Carlos have been reviled through Olympic officers for his or her demonstration, Bass strains how their protest has end up the defining picture of the 1968 video games, with lingering results within the activities global and on American pop culture regularly. She then specializes in pictures of black athletes within the post-civil rights period, a interval characterised by means of a shift from the social statement of Muhammad Ali to the entrepreneurial process of Michael Jordan.

Ultimately Bass not just excavates the fraught heritage of black athleticism but in addition deals an incisive examine media assurance of athletic events-and the best way activity is in detail sure up in renowned structures of the state.

Amy Bass is assistant professor of historical past at Plattsburgh country collage and labored as a member of the NBC study staff for the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, the Sydney Olympics in 2000, and the Salt Lake Olympic iciness video games in 2002.

Show description

Read or Download Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete (Critical American Studies) PDF

Similar history of sports books

Cellar Dwellers: The Worst Teams in Baseball History

In 1890, baseball’s Pittsburgh Alleghenys received a measly 23 video games, wasting 113. The Cleveland Spiders crowned this list after they misplaced an spectacular 134 video games in 1899. Over a hundred years later, the 2003 Detroit Tigers stood aside because the in simple terms staff in baseball heritage to lose 60 video games earlier than July in a season.

Suffolk Downs (Images of Sports)

Seeing that beginning on July 10, 1935, Suffolk Downs has performed host to a couple of Thoroughbred racing�s maximum champions, together with Triple Crown winners struggle Admiral, Whirlaway, and attack, in addition to different greats similar to Seabiscuit, John Henry, and Cigar. as well as those mythical horses, corridor of reputation jockeys George Woolf, Johnny Longden, Eddie Arcaro, Chris McCarron, Angel Cordero, and Jerry Bailey have all competed on the East Boston oval.

The Set-Up Men: Race, Culture and Resistance in Black Baseball

This publication is an exam of cultural resistance to segregation on the earth of black baseball via an research of editorial paintings, folktales, nicknames, “manhood” and the paintings of clowning. African american citizens labored to dismantle Jim Crow throughout the production of a cultural counter-narrative that established on baseball and the Negro Leagues that celebrated black fulfillment and that highlighted the contradictions and fallacies of white supremacy within the first half the 20 th century.

The Best of Peter Finney, Legendary New Orleans Sportswriter

5 occasions every one week during the last numerous many years, activities fanatics in New Orleans started their mornings via analyzing neighborhood sportswriter Peter Finney. Finney's newspaper columns -- interesting, informative, and encouraging -- attached New Orleans readers to the area of activities, for almost 70 years. From a profession overall of 15,000 articles, this ebook deals a major choice of the superior of Finney's writing in addition to an creation from Peter Finney, Jr.

Extra info for Not the Triumph but the Struggle: The 1968 Olympics and the Making of the Black Athlete (Critical American Studies)

Sample text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.28 of 5 – based on 20 votes