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Jackie Robinson and the American Dilemma (Library of American Biography)

By John R.M. Wilson

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 14, 2009


In this gripping profile of a pioneer, John R.M. Wilson illustrates how Jackie Robinson’s life transcended his baseball career to illuminate the racial struggles of the nation.


By breaking the color barrier in baseball, Jackie Robinson (1919—1973) brought the American public face-to-face with a dilemma that has plagued the nation throughout its history: the disjuncture between the American ideals of liberty and equality and the realities of racial prejudice, segregation, and discrimination.


Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each of the titles in the “Library of American Biography” series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. In addition, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Preface

Author’s Preface


  1    Growing Up in Pasadena, 1919—1937

  2    College Years

  3    Limits of a Wider World

  4    The Limits of Baseball

  5    Rickey, Robinson, and the Royals

  6    Rookie of the Year

  7    Most Valuable Player

  8    Robinson Unbound

  9    Last Time around the Bases

10    Life after Baseball

11    Things Fall Apart

12    The Last Hurrah

Study and Discussion Questions

A Note on the Sources



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