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African Americans in Sports
Contributor(s): Wiggins, David K. (Editor)

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ISBN: 0765680556     ISBN-13: 9780765680556
Publisher: M E Sharpe Reference
OUR PRICE: $166.25  

Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: October 2003
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Annotation: Looks at African American athletes and athletics, covering such topics as the African American sports experience, organizations, and prominents athletes and coaches.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
African Americans; Sports; Dictionaries.
African American athletes; Biography; Dictionaries.
African Americans; Societies, etc.; Dictionaries.
BISAC Categories:
- Sports & Recreation | History
Dewey: 796/.092/2
LCCN: 2002042799
Academic/Grade Level: Scholarly/Undergraduate
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 13.00" H x 7.50" W x 2.00" (3.60 lbs) 440 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 June)
Gr 7 Up-More than biographical references, these sets also include essays on cultural themes, institutions, teams, and sport history. Native Americans profiles nearly 200 past and present athletes and key personnel in sports ranging from archery to wrestling. Jim Thorpe, Will Rogers, Cory Witherill, Johnny Bench, and other readily identifiable names accompany such lesser-known athletes as Olympian runner Louis Tewanima, skier Shirley Firth, and lacrosse player Barry Powless. Each article includes information on the athlete's tribal heritage, early life, accomplishments, cultural impact, and an occasional black-and-white photograph. The entry on SuAnne Big Crow, a legendary Lakota high school athlete, is inspirational. Essays on "Mascot Controversy," "Lacrosse," "Gambling," and "Competition Powwows" are fascinating and fall in alphabetically among the profiles. African Americans contains fewer cultural articles but nearly 400 individual profiles. It includes professional and college athletes, Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, All-Americans, coaches, and sportswriters. Volleyball, rodeo, cycling, horse racing, and golf are featured, though not as predominately as basketball, football, and track and field. Students may prefer Nathan Aaseng's African-American Athletes (Facts On File, 2003) for more comprehensive articles on well-known figures. These resources will be valued for their scope and the essays on the development of individual sports that offer a historical look at the racial indignities and prejudices suffered by many gifted athletes.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
 
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