HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Section: 001 Sport and the Color Line in 20th Century America
Term: FA 2014
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Throughout the 20th Century, African Americans have broken racial barriers, confronted racial stereotypes, and garnered unprecedented success in sport. In this course, students will explore a range of Black athletes in the 20th Century, analyzing the racialized attitudes and incidents they endured. Though our primary focus will be on the experiences African Americans encountered, we will also probe the color line beyond its typical Black-white binary. Thus, we will examine the achievements and altercations that other ethnic and racial groups realized in their battle for inclusion. Additionally, this course will prompt students to evaluate the commercialization and commodification, perceptions and portrayals of minority athletes in popular media forms. Students will trace the emerging ideas, shifts, and trends in the depiction of race across the 20th Century.

Topics under historical consideration may include integration in collegiate and professional sport, media coverage and the mainstreaming of stereotypical images, racial slurs in sports broadcasting and team branding, the relationship between athletics and social movements, the role modeling of athletes, among other important themes.

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HISTORY 230 - Humanities Topics in History
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 0520271602
Jack Johnson, rebel sojourner : boxing in the shadow of the global color line, Author: Runstedtler, Theresa., Publisher: University of California Press 2012
ISBN: 0395822912
Darwin's athletes : how sport has damaged Black America and preserved the myth of race, Author: Hoberman, John M. (John Milton), 1944-, Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co 1997
ISBN: 0520940776
Playing America's game baseball, Latinos, and the color line, Author: Burgos, Adrian, 1969-, Publisher: University of California Press 2007
ISBN: 0814780164
In black and white : race and sports in America, Author: Kenneth L. Shropshire ; foreword by Kellen Winslow., Publisher: New York University Press 1996
ISBN: 0307353141
$40 million slaves : the rise, fall, and redemption of the black athlete, Author: William C. Rhoden., Publisher: Three Rivers Press 1st pbk. e 2006
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