Professional sports are a celebrated American tradition. As a result, professional athletes are often held up as heroes and role models, idolized for their actions in the game and held to certain standards in their outside lives. This treatment of … Continue reading Facing Race in the NBA and NFL
David Naze is the dean of academic excellence and support at Joliet Junior College. His book Reclaiming 42: Public Memory and the Reframing of Jackie Robinson’s Radical Legacy is available now. What Would Jackie Robinson Think? In April 2019, Chicago White … Continue reading From the Desk of David Naze: What Would Jackie Robinson Think?
Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This June we’re saying Happy First Book Birthday to Amy Essington’s The Integration of the Pacific Coast League! About the Book: While Jackie Robinson’s 1947 season with … Continue reading Happy Book Birthday to The Integration of the Pacific Coast League!
Paula Tarnapol Whitacre is a professional writer and editor for organizations including the National Institutes of Health and the National Academy of Sciences. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, she is a former Foreign Service officer and staff writer for the Washington … Continue reading Women’s History Month: From the Desk of Paula Whitacre
Book Birthdays celebrate one year of a book’s life in tweets, reviews, and more. This month we’re saying Happy First Book Birthday to The Black Bruins by James W. Johnson (Nebraska, 2018). About the Book: The Black Bruins chronicles the inspirational lives of … Continue reading Happy Book Birthday to The Black Bruins!
Jackson Adams and Anna Weir are publicists at UNP. Today they share their thoughts about a few upcoming titles they’re particularly excited about as readers. The books in this discussion will be published in February. Jackson Adams: I’ve been fascinated by colonial America since reading A People’s … Continue reading Publicist Picks: Creek Nation, Local Legends, and other February Books
Moments of Impact: Injury, Racialized Memory, and Reconciliation in College Football (Nebraska, 2016) by Jaime Schultz tells the stories of Jack Trice, Ozzie Simmons, and Johnny Bright—all African-American football players at Iowa institutions in the early twentieth century—and examines how the … Continue reading New in Paperback: Moments of Impact
Below is an excerpt from Shades of Gray: Writing the New American Multiracialism by Molly Littlewood McKibbin (December 2018). This book is the newest title in the Borderlands and Transcultural Studies series. From Chapter Three “Black Like Me”: Negotiating Blackness … Continue reading Excerpt: Shades of Gray
Brian G. Shellum is a retired army officer and former historian and intelligence officer with the Department of Defense. He is the author of Black Cadet in a White Bastion: Charles Young at West Point (Nebraska, 2006) and Black Officer in a Buffalo … Continue reading From the Desk of Brian Shellum: Telling Their Stories
The following is an excerpt from The Integration of the Pacific Coast League: Race and Baseball on the West Coast (June 2018) by Amy Essington. From Chapter 3: John Ritchey Integrates the San Diego Padres, 1948 While California and Oregon delayed ratifying … Continue reading EXCERPT: The Integration of the Pacific Coast League