Jackie Robinson: Barrier-Breaking Baseball Legend

Jackie Robinson: Barrier-Breaking Baseball Legend

by Avery Elizabeth Hurt


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Situated firmly in the social and political conditions of the time, this biography illustrates the role African American baseball star Jackie Robinson played in changing not just baseball but society. By breaking the "color barrier" in the major league sport, Robinson paved the way for new opportunities for Americans everywhere. Here, readers will come to know Robinson and his legacy. They'll also learn about such fascinating characters as Branch Rickey; Pee Wee Reese; and Boston City Council member Isadore Muchnick, who threatened to deny the Red Sox a permit to play if they did not let African American ballplayers try out for the team. Plenty of baseball lore and stats will engage young baseball fans, but even readers who have little interest in the sport will be inspired by this story of a man who took on racism and changed the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502645524
Publisher: Cavendish Square
Publication date: 08/15/2019
Series: African American Trailblazers Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction "42" 5

1 Slavery, Jim Crow, and a "Gentlemen's" Agreement 9

2 A Lifetime of Standing Up to Racism 27

3 With a Little Help from Friends 47

4 Crossing the Color Line 61

5 The World Was Watching 77

6 Still Bashing Barriers 93

Chronology 106

Glossary 108

Sources 111

Further Information 117

Bibliography 120

Index 125

About the Author 128

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