Though personally inclined to the Republican party, his political leanings, Robinson spoke on his affiliations, stating, “I 've never identified myself with one party or another in politics. I look at the actual candidates and issues themselves, no matter what the party label”. Robinson’s shift from traditional Republicanism represented an ideological shift in the habits of black voters in the late 1950s. For so long it was the Party of Lincoln, only now forcing the hand of its once most vaunted constituents due to the lack of civil rights progress. Robinson represented a symbolic figure for black America in the matter and his voice and influence helped prosper the sentiment of independent black voters who are beholden only to themselves and other blacks.
Walter Lippmann and Herbert Croly were two main people who had attacked the actions of Woodrow Wilson, even holding him accountable for bringing an end to the Progressive movement. They questioned him, asking, “How many sincere progressives follow him in believing that this legislation has made the future clear and bright with the promise things?” (Document F). With the false promises of Wilson, and the seemingly false hopes of many African Americans, the Progressive Movement had not been widespread
Baseball to Jackie Robinson was gateway to freedom, he was inspired by his older brother to pursue a career for what he had a talent and a love for athletics and Baseball. Jackie was arrested and court-martialed for refusing to give up his seat and move to the back of a segregated bus, but because of his reputation he received an honorable discharge. His courage and moral objection to segregation were precursors to the impact Robinson would have in major league baseball. Jackie Robinson broke the ‘’color barrier’’ by becoming the first African American to play Major League Baseball and inspired young black men to follow in his path and follow their dreams. Not only did he break the color barrier but he changed the society of America itself.
Jackie was being hit left and right with racism and became a bit of a rebel. “He began getting into trouble with a spirited group of boys called the Pepper Street Gang… Two black men in the community saw what was happening and approached Jackie. One of them was Carl Anderson..Years later Robinson remembered his first meeting with Anderson: … he took me aside and talked to me about the gang… He made me see that if I continued with the gang it would hurt my mother as well as myself… I was too ashamed to tell Carl how right he was, but what he said got to me,”(11-12). When Jackie saw that they wasn’t going to do any good for him or his mother he turned away from all of that. Mallie had also gotten harassed by people when the Robinson family moved to Pepper Street.
Jackie Robinson is remembered as the African american that broke the color barrier for the Major League Baseball. Many words can be used to describe him, such as hero, powerful, stupid, anything of that sort, not all good, but not all bad. Keeping a cool head was key to his success, dealing with many racist names that he was called as he stepped up to the plate. With pitchers aiming at his head, he still became a very accomplished athlete in as many fields imaginable. Jackie didn’t pay attention to what people thought or said about him, just knowing he was going to get on base the next pitch.
Robinson had helped the civil rights movement by: making blacks more acceptable in sports, showing people not to give up on your dreams, and do whatever you can do to make the dreams come true, and he taught the people to never give up on what they believe in. Jackie Robinson showed people that African-Americans could be good at sports too, and encouraged blacks to play any sport they want too. He was booed over and over, and just ignored what was going on just to play his favorite sport. This encouraged people by showing them that they can do whatever they put their mind too; “Within the first 5 years of his career another 150 black baseball players were signed to the major and minor leagues” (Biography.com 2:29-2:37). Jackie Robinson was so inspiring to the African-American people that; “African-Americans flooded to Dodgers games, and even the general public and press had a mostly positive view of the team’s newest addition.” The people from Brooklyn started to overcome his race, and accept him as a great player.
Jackie then immediately began his professional career playing baseball after he was discharged. During the effects of the Jim Crow Laws Jackie Robinson showed leadership by breaking the color barrier in the major leagues. He knew that people would dislike him being in the MLB, but he still took the risk. The immediate impact was that people called him an array of names and sometimes even threw objects at him. But eventually african americans were allowed back into MLB.
America, carved out by the ideology of equality, was not always so equal. Before completely abolishing segregation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964, segregation in public schools, the U.S. armed forces, and even water fountains was the cold and harsh reality. Ignorance drove many people of white decent to believe themselves superior. Strikingly, one man proved that no one race is superior to another. This man is the greatly revered and talented Jackie Robinson.
Jackie Robinson - Breaking Boundaries The screaming cuss-words coming from the stands while the civil rights leader Jackie Robinson is on the baseball diamond was what they thought was the right thing to do at the moment. But, what the fans didn't realize was that they were criticizing one of the best baseball players to play the game. After Jackie attended John Muir High School in California, he went on to the University of California, Los Angeles to pursue basketball, track, baseball and football. All those sports he did extremely well in. Jackie Robinson had to battle a strong amount of adversity throughout his life, and became very mentally strong.
1.How did Jackie Robinson change the way Americans viewed African Americans playing baseball? Jackie Robinson ended the 60 years, of not having African Americans in the major league. When he ran out for the first time in 1947, he was made fun of but as the year went on he won the the Rookie of the Year Award. As he started to keep playing and playing good more and more Dodger fans started to like but not many other people liked him. Jackie came from the Negro League and people didn't like that because the Major Leagues were segregated.