The Resource Leveling the playing field: : the story of the Syracuse 8, (ebook)

Leveling the playing field: : the story of the Syracuse 8, (ebook)

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Leveling the playing field: : the story of the Syracuse 8
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Leveling the playing field:
Title remainder
the story of the Syracuse 8
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Story of the Syracuse Eight
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eng
Summary
Leveling the Playing Field tells the story of the African American members of the 1969-70 Syracuse University football team who petitioned for racial equality on their team. The petition had four demands: access to the same academic tutoring made available to their white teammates; better medical care for all team members; starting assignments based on merit rather than race; and a discernible effort to racially integrate the coaching staff, which had been all white since 1898. The players' charges of racial disparity were fiercely contested by many of the white players on the team, and the debate spilled into the newspapers and drew protests from around the country. Mistakenly called the "Syracuse 8" by media reports in the 1970s, the nine players who signed the petition did not receive a response allowing or even acknowledging their demands. They boycotted the spring 1970 practice, and Coach Ben Schwartzwalder, a deeply beloved figure on campus and a Hall of Fame football coach nearing retirement, banned seven of the players from the team. As tensions escalated, white players staged a day-long walkout in support of the coaching staff, and an enhanced police presence was required at home games. Extensive interviews with each player offer a firsthand account of their decision to stand their ground while knowing it would jeopardize their professional football career. They discuss with candor the ways in which the boycott profoundly changed the course of their lives. In Leveling the Playing Field, Marc chronicles this contentious moment in Syracuse University's history and tells the story through the eyes of the players who demanded change for themselves and for those who would follow them
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Marc, David
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796.332089
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non fiction
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hoopla digital
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Sports and Entertainment
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  • Syracuse University
  • Syracuse Orange (Football team)
  • Racism in sports
  • Discrimination in sports
  • African American football players
  • African American football players
  • Civil rights movements
  • Electronic books
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adult
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Leveling the playing field: : the story of the Syracuse 8, (ebook)
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1 online resource
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  • online
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9780815652557
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11719173
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remote
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11719173
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MWT11719173
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Leveling the playing field: : the story of the Syracuse 8, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780815652557
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11719173
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11719173
System control number
MWT11719173
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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