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Remaking an Overlooked Icon

Remaking an Overlooked Icon

The Reconstruction of Jim Thorpe

Chapter:
(p.67) Remaking an Overlooked Icon
Source:
Reconstructing Fame
Author(s):
Robert W. Reising
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604730913.003.0005

This chapter explores the life and legacy of Jim Thorpe. As a Native American born in a nondescript cabin in Oklahoma Indian Territory in 1887, he was an unlikely candidate for international admiration, or even national respect. It is shown that while Thorpe was consciously developed by his handlers to be a uniquely physical being, he is subsequently betrayed by the very same faction that helped construct both his athletic prowess and his burgeoning reputation.

Keywords:   Native American athletes, reputations, sports figures

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