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Jackie Robinson: Biography

Jackie RobinsonJackie Robinson (January 31, 1919 - October 24, 1972)

When Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947, he was both hailed as a hero and vilified as a traitor. So much attention was paid to the color of his skin that it took the public a little while to realize the scope of his talents. When they did, it only increased the animosity of those who were determined to keep America's national pastime an all-white bastion. Nevertheless, with his quiet dignity and brilliant athleticism, Robinson tore down the walls of bigotry, forever changing the course of American sports. Continue . . .

Source: Price, Victoria. "Robinson, Jackie (1919–1972)." St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, edited by Thomas Riggs, 2nd ed., vol. 4, St. James Press, 2013, pp. 350-352. From Gale Virtual Reference database.

eBook Collection

Beyond Home Plate : Jackie Robinson On Life After Baseball
Reclaiming 42 : Public Memory and the Reframing of Jackie Robinson's Radical Legacy
Before Jackie Robinson : The Transcendent Role of Black Sporting Pioneers

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