Why Did Lansbury Choose To Focus Her Research On Alice Coachman

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1. Explain why Lansbury chose to focus her research on Alice Coachman (track & field) and Gibson (tennis). (hint: ways they are the same, and ways they are different)?
I felt that Lansbury chose to focus her research on Alice Coachman because she wanted to highlight the ways in which the treatment of female African American athletes has been on going since the early 19th and 20th century. Lansbury explained the convergence of class, gender and race that surrounded African American women in the sports in the 20th century remains the same and the images on athletes on todays media as well. Overall, Lansbury explains how successful black women were on sports and also how both black and white communities viewed them.

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In the white press, gender became the essential element around which their careers were interpreted. In addition race was always a factor but it was secondary to gender and this is why Althea Gibson suffered from the emphasis on gender which was that the public began to perceive her tennis playing as too masculine.

3. Describe the gendered construction of stereotypical white femininity in 1940s-1950s America, and explain how these stereotypes differ from those that surround African American femininity?
Black Female African Americans neglected to the point that they and their achievements have been forgotten. There was a study the suggested that the sources for news in the 1940s and 1950s that contributed to the loss of at least …show more content…

6. In what ways does Branch argue the NCAA operates as a “slave plantation”? “Cartel”? Professional league? Paternalistic colonizers?
Branch was told by Don Curtis that NCAA operates as a slave plantation because not that many college athletes are able to at least afford to go the movie theaters or take a bus fare home. Curtis argued that athletes should get paid at least something and because they are not getting paid the NCAA makes money and enables universities and corporations to make money from the unpaid labor of young athletes. Which is why slave analogies are made of college athletes.

7. Describe the origins of the term “student-athlete” and “amateurism.” How did these terms benefit universities and the NCAA?
The origin of the terms “student athlete” and “amateurism” was basically the athletic moral authority. Much of the justification for its existence was invested in the claim to protect what it calls the “student- athlete.” T he term is meant to conjure the nobility of amateurism, and the precedence of scholarship to over athletic endeavor. The term student athlete was ambiguous because college players were not students at play nor were they just athletes in college. Student athletes were both high level athletic performers and college

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