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Title Passing the baton : black women track stars and American identity / Cat M. Ariail.
Author Ariail, Cat M., 1987- author.
Publication Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020]
Description pages cm.
Series Sport and society
Note Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Miami, 2018, titled Sprints of citizenship : black women track stars and the making of modern citizenship in the United States and Jamaica, 1946-1964.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Raising the bar : Alice Coachman and the boundaries of postwar American identity, 1946-1948 -- Sprints of citizenship : identity politics and black women's athleticism, 1951-1952 -- Passing the baton toward belonging : Mae Faggs and the making of the Americanness of black American track women, 1954-1956 -- Winning as American women : the heteronormativity of black women athletic heroines, 1958-1960 -- "Olympian quintessence" : Wilma Rudolph, athletic femininity, and American iconicity, 1960-1962 -- Conclusion. The precarity of the baton pass : race, gender, and the enduring barriers to American belonging.
Summary "After World War II, the United States used international sport to promote democratic values and its image of an ideal citizen. But African American women excelling in track and field upset such notions. Cat M. Ariail examines how athletes such as Alice Coachman, Mae Faggs, and Wilma Rudolph forced American sport cultures-both white and Black-to reckon with the athleticism of African American women. Marginalized still further in a low-profile sport, young Black women nonetheless bypassed barriers to represent their country. Their athletic success soon threatened postwar America's dominant ideas about race, gender, sexuality, and national identity. As Ariail shows, the wider culture defused these radical challenges by locking the athletes within roles thatstressed conservative forms of femininity, blackness, and citizenship"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject African American women track and field athletes -- History -- 20th century.
African American women track and field athletes -- Social conditions.
African American women -- Race identity.
African American women -- Social conditions.
Track and field for women -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Discrimination in sports -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
Addl. Title Sprints of citizenship.
Related To Online version:
Ariail, Cat M., 1987- Sprints of citizenship Passing the baton Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020] 9780252052361 (DLC) 2020023705
ISBN 9780252085383

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