Arete, Sport and Society, American Sport History, Football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
As the nation prepares for the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th president of the United States (I have not seen that referenced as Henry Aaron's number), I am struck by how much has been written about the changes in American society that have prepared the United States for this moment. There have been articles about how the music industry has transformed the way in which Americans think about African Americans. The New York Times today has a piece on how American film has contributed to the transformation of American society. There have been numerous comments on the significance of the civil rights movement in preparing for this moment in our history. There has been more than a little discussion of the role sport has played in changing the perception of African Americans in the United States. All of these have an element of truth to them, all have been catalytic, but none of them are singular in their power.
Sport and Society for Arete
College of Arts and Humanities
Crepeau, Richard C., "Race and the Bucs" (2009). On Sport and Society. 808.