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Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete

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From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the periphery of true power in the multibillion-dollar industry their talent built.

Provocative and controversial, Rhoden’s $40 Million Slaves weaves a compelling narrative of black athletes in the United States, from the plantation to their beginnings in nineteenth-century boxing rings to the history-making accomplishments of notable figures such as Jesse Owens, Althea Gibson, and Willie Mays. Rhoden reveals that black athletes’ “evolution” has merely been a journey from literal plantationswhere sports were introduced as diversions to quell revolutionary stirringsto today’s figurative ones, in the form of collegiate and professional sports programs. He details the “conveyor belt” that brings kids from inner cities and small towns to big-time programs, where they’re cut off from their roots and exploited by team owners, sports agents, and the media. He also sets his sights on athletes like Michael Jordan, who he says have abdicated their responsibility to the community with an apathy that borders on treason.

The power black athletes have today is as limited as when masters forced their slaves to race and fight. The primary difference is, today’s shackles are often the athletes’ own making.

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According to "New York Times" columnist Rhoden, black athletes, despite their money, fame and achievement, still find themselves on the periphery of true power in the multibillion-dollar industry their talent has built.

About the Author

WILLIAM C. RHODEN has been a sportswriter for the New York Times since 1983, and has written the “Sports of the Times” column for more than a decade. He also serves as a consultant for ESPN’s SportsCentury series, and occasionally appears as a guest on their show The Sports Reporters. In 1996, Rhoden won a Peabody Award for Broadcasting as writer of the HBO documentary Journey of the African-American Athlete. A graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, he lives in New York City’s Harlem with his wife and daughter.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307353146
Author:
Rhoden, William C
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Author:
William C. Rhoden
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology of Sports
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sociology of Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 BandW PHOTOS
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.98 x 5.2 x .7 in .52 lb

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