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The Resource Spectacular leap : black women athletes in twentieth-century America, Jennifer H. Lansbury

Spectacular leap : black women athletes in twentieth-century America, Jennifer H. Lansbury

Label
Spectacular leap : black women athletes in twentieth-century America
Title
Spectacular leap
Title remainder
black women athletes in twentieth-century America
Statement of responsibility
Jennifer H. Lansbury
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
When high jumper Alice Coachman won the high jump title at the 1941 national championships with "a spectacular leap, " African American women had been participating in competitive sport for close to twenty-five years. Yet it would be another twenty years before they would experience something akin to the national fame and recognition that African American men had known since the 1930s, the days of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens. From the 1920s, when black women athletes were confined to competing within the black community, through the heady days of the late twentieth century when they ruled the world of women's track and field, African American women found sport opened the door to a better life. However, they also discovered that success meant challenging perceptions that many Americans--both black and white--held of them. Through the stories of six athletes--Coachman, Ora Washington, Althea Gibson, Wilma Rudloph, Wyomia Tyus, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee--Jennifer H. Lansbury deftly follows the emergence of black women athletes from the African American community; their confrontations with contemporary attitudes of race, class, and gender; and their encounters with the civil rights movement. Uncovering the various strategies the athletes use to beat back stereotypes, Lansbury explores the fullness of African American women's relationship with sport in the twentieth century
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lansbury, Jennifer H
Dewey number
796.0899
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
African American women athletes
Label
Spectacular leap : black women athletes in twentieth-century America, Jennifer H. Lansbury
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-300) and index
  • Not distributed; available at Arkansas State Library
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Queen of the courts [Ora Washington] -- 2. The Tuskegee flash [Alice Coachman] -- 3. A nationwide community project [Althea Gibson] -- 4. Foxes, not oxes [Wilma Rudolph] -- 5. The Swiftie from Tennessee State [Wyomia Tyus] -- 6. A Jackie of all trades [Jackie Joyner-Kersee]
Control code
ocn866922879
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781557286581
Lccn
2013956223
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Spectacular leap : black women athletes in twentieth-century America, Jennifer H. Lansbury
Publication
Note
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-300) and index
  • Not distributed; available at Arkansas State Library
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Queen of the courts [Ora Washington] -- 2. The Tuskegee flash [Alice Coachman] -- 3. A nationwide community project [Althea Gibson] -- 4. Foxes, not oxes [Wilma Rudolph] -- 5. The Swiftie from Tennessee State [Wyomia Tyus] -- 6. A Jackie of all trades [Jackie Joyner-Kersee]
Control code
ocn866922879
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781557286581
Lccn
2013956223
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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