African-American Athletes

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Infobase Publishing, May 14, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 273 pages
African Americans have been participating in sports in the United States since the 19th century -- long before many whites accepted them in this context. Since World War II, they have become recognized as competitors in such diverse fields as baseball, boxing, football, track and field, gymnastics, tennis, and golf. The change from whites-only participation to black dominance in many sports did not come painlessly or without the remarkable perseverance of individual athletes. From the early years to the present day, an impressive array of blacks have achieved success as athletes. This book profiles more than 155 athletes. Each enlightening biographical entry concentrates on the events in that person's life related to his or her accomplishments as an athlete and includes a list of further reading on that person. An introduction, bibliography, subject indexes, general index, and 50 photographs round out the resource. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

A
1
B
20
C
40
D
54
E
65
F
71
G
79
H
95
N
162
O
164
P
171
R
180
S
199
T
216
U
227
W
229

I
107
J
109
K
133
L
135
M
146
Bibliography and Recommended Sources
245
Entries by Area of Activity
246
Entries by Year of Birth
249
Index
251
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Nathan Aaseng grew up in Minnesota and worked as a microbiologist for four years before becoming a writer. He has written over ninety books for young readers, including biographies, and sports and science books.