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Reconstructing Fame
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Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations

David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen

Abstract

This book includes chapters on Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Curt Flood, Paul Robeson, Jim Thorpe, Bill Russell, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos. The chapters here talk about twentieth-century athletes whose careers were affected by racism and whose post-career reputations have improved as society’s understanding of race changed. The chapters attempt to clarify the stories of these sports stars and their places as twentieth-century icons by analyzing the various myths that surround them. When media, fans, sports leagues, and the athletes themselves commemorate sports legends, shifts in popu ... More

Keywords: Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Curt Flood, Paul Robeson, Jim Thorpe, Bill Russell, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, twentieth-century athletes, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781604730913
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David C. Ogden, editor

Joel Nathan Rosen, editor

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Contents

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Part I The Archetypes

Constucting Banality

Joel Nathan Rosen

Roberto Clemente

David C. Ogden

Part II The Cherished Dead

Paul Robeson

Prosper Godonoo

Remaking an Overlooked Icon

Robert W. Reising

Part III The Living Models

Bill Russell

Murry Nelson

Afterword

Jack Lule

End Matter