New PDF release: A Spectacular Leap: Black Women Athletes in

By Jennifer H. Lansbury

ISBN-10: 1557286582

ISBN-13: 9781557286581

When excessive jumper Alice Coachman gained the excessive bounce identify on the 1941 nationwide championships with "a unbelievable leap," African American ladies have been engaging in aggressive activity for just about twenty-five years. but it might be one other two decades sooner than they'd adventure anything resembling the nationwide reputation and popularity that African American males had identified because the Nineteen Thirties, the times of Joe Louis and Jesse Owens. From the Nineteen Twenties, while black girls athletes have been constrained to competing in the black group, throughout the heady days of the overdue 20th century after they governed the realm of women's song and box, African American ladies chanced on recreation opened the door to a greater lifestyles. even if, additionally they found that luck intended tough perceptions that many Americans--both black and white--held of them. in the course of the tales 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 girls athletes from the African American group; their confrontations with modern attitudes of race, category, and gender; and their encounters with the civil rights stream. Uncovering a number of the suggestions the athletes use to overcome again stereotypes, Lansbury explores the fullness of African American women's courting with recreation within the 20th century.

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