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Not the triumph but the struggle : the 1968 Olympics and the making of the Black athlete
Bass, Amy.
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Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2002]

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xxi, 438 pages ; 24 cm.
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GV722 1968 .B38 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A sweeping examination of the role of Black Power in the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico City reveals the emergence of militancy and political consciousness in American sports.

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During the Mexico City Olympics in 1968, track-and-field medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos defied the system by raising black-gloved fists at the flag as the "Star-Spangled Banner" was being played. Bass (history, Plattsburgh State Univ.) examines that protest, spotlighting the history of black athletes and media coverage of athletic events. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Note on Usagep. IX
Acknowledgmentsp. XI
Introduction A Tiger in the Woodsp. XV
Chapter 1 The Race Between Politics and Sportp. 1
Chapter 2 What is This "black" in Black Athlete?p. 37
Chapter 3 An Olympic Challenge: Preparing for the "problem Games"p. 81
Chapter 4 The Power of Protest and Boycott: the New York Athletic Club and the Question of the South African Springboksp. 131
Chapter 5 Tribulations and the Trials: Black Consciousness and the Collective Bodyp. 185
Chapter 6 "that's My Flag"p. 233
Chapter 7 Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars?p. 291
Notesp. 349
Indexp. 425