Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and Their Aftermath

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University of Chicago Press, 2003 - 344 pages
Ever since 1968 a single iconic image of race in American sport has remained indelibly etched on our collective memory: sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos accepting medals at the Mexico City Olympics with their black-gloved fists raised and heads bowed. But what inspired their protest? What happened after they stepped down from the podium? And how did their gesture impact racial inequalities?

Drawing on extensive archival research and newly gathered oral histories, Douglas Hartmann sets out to answer these questions, reconsidering this pivotal event in the history of American sport. He places Smith and Carlos within the broader context of the civil rights movement and the controversial revolt of the black athlete. Although the movement drew widespread criticism, it also led to fundamental reforms in the organizational structure of American amateur athletics. Moving from historical narrative to cultural analysis, Hartmann explores what we can learn about the complex relations between race and sport in contemporary America from this episode and its aftermath.
 

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Unforgettable Fists
3
Agents of Challenge
29
Of Civil Rights Culture Fights and Abstract Ideals
60
Movement Mobilizing
93
Trials Triumphs and Polarization
133
Only Just Begun
169
Resolving the Racial Crisis
207
CONCLUSION
249
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Douglas Hartmann is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Minnesota. He is coauthor of Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World.

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