320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 22 halftones, 2 tables, notes, bibl., index
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5245-0
Published: June 2019
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5244-3
Published: August 2019
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Among the first broad-based histories of Black college athletics, Derrick E. White’s sweeping story complicates the heroic narrative of integration and grapples with the complexities and contradictions of one of the most important sources of Black pride in the twentieth century.
About the Author
Derrick E. White is associate professor of history at the University of Kentucky.
For more information about Derrick E. White, visit the Author Page.
"This fascinating social history effectively uses mid-twentieth-century Black college football as a microcosm through which one can understand the larger civil rights struggle. An important contribution to social history."--Booklist, starred review
"A valuable resource for future scholars and for anyone interested in black college football."--Library Journal
"For many college football fans, this is a great book to read as the season approaches."--Philadelphia Tribune
"Blood, Sweat, and Tears is a game changer. By telling the story of FAMU and football, Derrick White uses the successful coaching career of Jake Gaither to center the Black community and sports in the civil rights struggle for self-determination. White wrestles with Gaither’s successes and struggles as a symbol of Black pride during segregation, and with Gaither as a leader who had to come to grips with the quickening pace of student-led civil rights protests to defeat Jim Crow during a time when Gaither still believed that Black college football had the power to shape self-determination and ultimately integration. This is the book that sports history needed."--Louis Moore, author of We Will Win the Day: The Civil Rights Movement, the Black Athlete, and the Quest for Equality
"This admirably ambitious book demonstrates how much there is to learn from the history of HBCUs, while also bringing welcome context to the achievements of key figures in American sports history and the intricate dynamics of the civil rights movement."--Pamela Grundy, author of Learning to Win: Sports, Education, and Social Change in Twentieth-Century North Carolina
"I used to cheer in Gaither gymnasium as a FAMU student. But I never knew of Jake Gaither’s incredible story and the dominance of Black college football in the mid-twentieth century until reading Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Integration is not wholly a story of triumph. In this masterstroke of history, Derrick White shows the fall of Black college football was one of integration’s most costly casualties."--Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning and How to Be an Antiracist
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