The Resource Showdown : JFK and the integration of the Washington Redskins, Thomas G. Smith

Showdown : JFK and the integration of the Washington Redskins, Thomas G. Smith

Label
Showdown : JFK and the integration of the Washington Redskins
Title
Showdown
Title remainder
JFK and the integration of the Washington Redskins
Statement of responsibility
Thomas G. Smith
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1961--as America crackled with racial tension--the Washington Redskins stood alone as the only professional football team without a black player on its roster. In fact, during the entire twenty-five-year history of the franchise, no African American had ever played for George Preston Marshall, the Redskins' cantankerous principal owner. With slicked-down white hair and angular facial features, the nattily attired, sixty-four-year-old NFL team owner already had a well-deserved reputation for flamboyance, showmanship, and erratic behavior. And like other Southern-born segregationists, Marshall stood firm against race-mixing. 'We'll start signing Negroes, ' he once boasted, 'when the Harlem Globetrotters start signing whites.' But that was about to change. Opposing Marshall was Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, whose determination that the Redskins--or 'Paleskins, ' as he called them--reflect John F. Kennedy's New Frontier ideals led to one of the most high-profile contests to spill beyond the sports pages. Realizing that racial justice and gridiron success had the potential either to dovetail or take an ugly turn, civil rights advocates and sports fans alike anxiously turned their eyes toward the nation's capital. There was always the possibility that Marshall--one of the NFL's most influential and dominating founding fathers--might defy demands from the Kennedy administration to desegregate his lily-white team. When further pressured to desegregate by the press, Marshall remained defiant, declaring that no one, including the White House, could tell him how to run his business. In Showdown, sports historian Thomas G. Smith captures this striking moment, one that held sweeping implications not only for one team's racist policy but also for a sharply segregated city and for the nation as a whole. Part sports history, part civil rights story, this compelling and untold narrative serves as a powerful lens onto racism in sport, illustrating how, in microcosm, the fight to desegregate the Redskins was part of a wider struggle against racial injustice in America."--Book jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, Thomas G.
Dewey number
796.332/64097530904
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GV953.W3
LC item number
S65 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Washington Redskins (Football team)
  • African American football players
  • Racism in sports
  • Discrimination in sports
  • Kennedy, John F.
  • Washington (D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)
Label
Showdown : JFK and the integration of the Washington Redskins, Thomas G. Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue : "Redskins told: integrate or else" -- Boston beginnings -- Out of bounds -- The Redskins march -- Leveling the field -- The Washington Whiteskins -- The owner, the journalist, and the hustler -- The black blitz -- The new frontier -- Showdown -- Hail victory -- Running out the clock
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 277 p.
Isbn
9780807000748
Isbn Type
(hc. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011012345
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2434751-01umb_inst
  • 2466561
  • (Sirsi) i9780807000748
  • (OCoLC)693809651
Label
Showdown : JFK and the integration of the Washington Redskins, Thomas G. Smith
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue : "Redskins told: integrate or else" -- Boston beginnings -- Out of bounds -- The Redskins march -- Leveling the field -- The Washington Whiteskins -- The owner, the journalist, and the hustler -- The black blitz -- The new frontier -- Showdown -- Hail victory -- Running out the clock
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
ix, 277 p.
Isbn
9780807000748
Isbn Type
(hc. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011012345
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2434751-01umb_inst
  • 2466561
  • (Sirsi) i9780807000748
  • (OCoLC)693809651

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