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Passing the Baton: Black Women Track Stars and American Identity

Cat M. Ariail


In the post–World War II period, nations and territories used international sport to codify and communicate their ideal citizenries. For the United States, black women who competed in track and field complicated these efforts. This book analyzes the ideological influence of black women track stars, examining how they destabilized dominant ideas about race, gender, sexuality, and national identity. The strivings and successes of black American track women, such as Alice Coachman, Mae Faggs, and Wilma Rudolph, at the Olympic Games and other international sporting events from 1948 to 1962 repeate ... More

Keywords: women athletes, track and field, Olympic Games, American identity, race, gender, Cold War, civil rights movement

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043482
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043482.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cat M. Ariail, author
Middle Tennessee State University