Negro League Baseball The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution (Paperback)
|Author: Neil Lanctot|
|A detailed history of professional black baseball traces the history of the Negro Leagues, drawing on interviews with former players, and research into surviving financial, legal, and government records to reconstruct the leagues institutional history and to explore the impact of the gradual movement toward integration on its survival. *Author: Lanctot, Neil *Subtitle: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution *Publication Date: 2008/04/25 *Number of Pages: 496 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 9.00|
From the Publisher:
The story of black professional baseball provides a remarkable perspective on several major themes in modern African American history: the initial black response to segregation, the subsequent struggle to establish successful separate enterprises, and the later movement toward integration. Baseball functioned as a critical component in the separate economy catering to black consumers in the urban centers of the North and South. While most black businesses struggled to survive from year to year, professional baseball teams and leagues operated for decades, representing a major achievement in black enterprise and institution building.
"Without nostalgia, Lanctot offers a careful and balanced judgment on the Negro leagues, one that is likely to stand for some time." - Warren Goldstein 05/16/2004