The integration of Major League Baseball is commonly presented as the time in baseball history when African Americans finally gained equality. While baseball’s integration was an advancement of black rights in professional sports, it impacted the African American community in many other ways. Some of these impacts were detrimental to African American businesses and communities across the country. Although it is accurate in some respects, our common understanding of Major League Baseball’s integration is only a portion of the story. This independent study addresses the complex and, at times, frustrating nature of the process of integration for the African American community. It tells the story of the sport’s integration from the commonly overlooked African American perspective. Finally, this independent study dispels the myth still pushed by baseball’s hegemony that integration only had positive effects.
Schwartz, Jacob Morris, "Reading Between the (Color) Lines: The Complex History of the Integration of Major League Baseball" (2019). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8593.
United States History
Major League Baseball, Integration, Negro Leagues
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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