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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Baseball in Black and White

The Jim Crow era in American history has been the subject of an ever-growing body of research exploring the multi-faceted world it created for African Americans and white Americans alike. As a particularly ugly part of our past, the broad outlines of our understandings of this period are familiar. What is less appreciated is that the South found a comfortable ally for its policies in the prevailing racism found in the rest of the country. Seeing Jim Crow America as a strictly Southern phenomenon misses the larger and more important picture of this time period. The conventions of Southern racial intimidation actually permeated the fabric of life throughout the country. One way to view this phenomenon is through the lens of the universally acknowledged great American pastime: baseball. Research on the era and how to teach it through the world of baseball and the old Negro Leagues will be shared.

Presenter: Mark Harnischfeger (Graduate Student)
Topic: Education and Human Development
Location: 120 Hartwell
Time: 1:15 pm (Session III)