Tackling Jim Crow: Racial Segregation in Professional Football (Google eBook)

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McFarland, Mar 26, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 180 pages
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Many are familiar with Jackie Robinson and the integration of Major League Baseball after all the years of separate black and white leagues, but fewer people know of the segregation and then integration of the National Football League. The timing and sequence of events were different, but football followed a pattern similar to that of baseball in regard to the beginning and end of racial segregation. This work traces professional football's movement from segregation to integration, beginning with a discussion of the various reasons why the game was first segregated. It describes the schemes that NFL owners came up with to ban African Americans from the league in the 1930s and 1940s, and tells how these barriers broke down after World War II. The author considers how professional football overcame the legacies of Jim Crow and how Jim Crow laws may still haunt the game.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Early Days of Integration
7
The Emerging Pro Game
18
New League New Opportunities
28
The Curtain Falls
38
The Segregation Years
57
Trials of the War Years
70
The Early Saga of Marion Motley
76
The Walls Come Tumbling Down
87
The Life and Death of Big Daddy
106
George Marshalls Last Stand
120
Back Down in the City of New Orleans
138
Point After
148
Notes
157
Bibliography 65
165
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About the author (2003)

Longtime sports fan Alan H. Levy is a professor of American history at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Joe McCarthy (2005), Rube Waddell (2000) and several books on American music, including a biography of the noted composer Edward MacDowell.

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