Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training (Hardback)
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Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training (Hardback)

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Hardback 233 Pages / Published: 30/09/2004
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In the spring of 1946, following the defeat of Hitler's Germany, America found itself still struggling with the subtler but no less insidious tyrannies of racism and segregation at home. In the midst of it all, Jackie Robinson, a full year away from breaking major league baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers, was undergoing a harrowing dress rehearsal for integration - his first spring training as a minor league prospect with the Montreal Royals, Brooklyn's AAA team. In "Blackout", Chris Lamb tells what happened during these six weeks in segregated Florida - six weeks that would become a critical juncture for the national pastime and for an American society on the threshold of a civil rights revolution. "Blackout" chronicles Robinson's tremendous ordeal during that crucial spring training - how he struggled on the field and off. The restaurants and hotels that welcomed his white teammates were closed to him, and in one city after another he was prohibited from taking the field. Steeping his story in its complex cultural context, Lamb describes Robinson's determination and anxiety, the reaction of the black and white communities to his appearance, and the unique and influential role of the press - both mainstream reporting, the alternative black weeklies, and the Communist Daily Worker - in the integration of baseball. Told here in detail for the first time, this story brilliantly encapsulates the larger history of a man, a sport, and a nation on the verge of great and enduring change. Chris Lamb is an associate professor of media studies at the College of Charleston.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803229563
Number of pages: 233
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 5817 x 3734 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Lamb tells what Robinson faced in 1946 in segregated Florida-- six weeks that would become a critical juncture for the national pastime and for an American society on the threshold of a civil rights revolution."-- Dermot McEvoy, "Publishers Weekly,"

" Blackout is well written, engaging, and analytically sound. It is a work that belongs in all baseball libraries as well as those on American social history." -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"Lamb tells what Robinson faced in 1946 in segregated Florida -- six weeks that would become a critical juncture for the national pastime and for an American society on the threshold of a civil rights revolution." -- Dermot McEvoy, Publishers Weekly .

"Lamb tells what Robinson faced in 1946 in segregated Florida--six weeks that would become a critical juncture for the national pastime and for an American society on the threshold of a civil rights revolution."--Dermot McEvoy, "Publishers Weekly".

Lamb does an excellent job of setting this pivotal episode in baseball history in the larger context of race relations of the South, providing a number of graphic examples of violence against blacks in order to emphasize the dangerous world that Robinson and Wright were entering when they arrived in Florida as new members of the Montreal Royals, Brooklyn s main minor league team. Michael Cocchiarale, Aethlon--Michael Cocchiarale "Aethlon ""
"Lamb does an excellent job of setting this pivotal episode in baseball history in the larger context of race relations of the South, providing a number of graphic examples of violence against blacks in order to emphasize the dangerous world that Robinson and Wright were entering when they arrived in Florida as new members of the Montreal Royals, Brooklyn's main minor league team."--Michael Cocchiarale, Aethlon--Michael Cocchiarale "Aethlon "
"Blackout is the most complete analysis of Robinson's first spring training available as Lamb has probed the press reports to new depths and in the process revealed another facet of the two America's divided along racial lines. Blackout is also a volume that is essential to any understanding of the events of sixty years ago in Florida and their significance for baseball, for Florida, and for America."--Richard Crepeau, Sports Literature Association--Richard Crepeau "Sports Literature Association "
Lamb tells what Robinson faced in 1946 in segregated Florida--six weeks that would become a critical juncture for the national pastime and for an American society on the threshold of a civil rights revolution."--Dermot McEvoy, Publishers Weekly--Dermot McEvoy "Publishers Weekly "

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