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A Review of ‘42’: Jackie Robinson’s Bitter Pill

Article. By Dave Zirin. Dave Zirin describes how 42 limits the story to a tale of “individual triumph through singular greatness,” ignoring the social movements and broader context of the time.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Prosperity, Depression, & World War II: 1920 - 1944, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: African American, Sports
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Caribbean Connections: The Dominican Republic

Book - Non-fiction and Fiction. Edited by Gallin, Glasser, Santana. 2005. 250 pages. Reader-friendly overview of the history, politics, and culture of the fourth largest Latino community in the United States.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: Art & Music, Immigration, Latino, Sports, US Foreign Policy, Women's History, World History/Global Studies
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The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World

Book - Non-fiction. By John Carlos and Dave Zirin. Foreword by Cornel West. 2011. 220 pages. Written for grades 7+, this biography of John Carlos recounts his childhood, his legendary act of courage at the '68 Olympics, and the backlash.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: African American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports
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Hope For Haiti

Book - Fiction. By Jesse Joshua Watson. 2010. A boy lives through the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and finds hope amid the hardships of the aftermath.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Sports
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Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow

Book - Fiction. By James Sturm and Rich Tommaso with an introduction by Gerald Early. 2007. Told from the point of view of a sharecropper, this narrative in graphic novel format follows baseball champion Satchel Paige as he travels throughout the segregated South.
Themes: Laws & Citizen Rights, Sports
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Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story

Film. By Jordan Mechner. 2004. 26 minutes. A documentary about the politics and economics of land in the United States, based on the story of a Mexican American village razed in the 1950s to build Dodger Stadium.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Economics, Latino, Social Class, Sports
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Not Just a Game: Power, Politics & American Sports

Film. By Dave Zirin and Jeremy Earp. 2010. 62 minutes. A documentary based on the bestselling book A People's History of Sports in the United States, Zirin demonstrates that American sports have long been at the center of some of the major political debates and struggles of our time. For 6th grade to adult.
Time Periods: 20th Century
Themes: African American, Media, Racism & Racial Identity, Sports, Women's History
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When We Were Kings

Film. Directed by Leon Gast. 1996. 89 minutes. Documentary about the famous heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Sports, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements
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Zirin, Dave

Profile. People's history of sports author and commentator.
Time Periods: 20th Century, 21st Century
Themes: Sports
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Chávez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder

Songs. By Ry Cooder. 2005. 70 min. The story of the Chicano community bulldozed to pave the way for the Dodger Stadium in Santa Monica, told through bilingual songs.
Time Periods: 20th Century, Cold War: 1945 - 1960
Themes: Art & Music, Latino, Organizing, Social Class, Sports
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Elegy for Peter Norman

Poem. By Josh Healey. Poem about Peter Norman, the white athlete in the iconic photo of the '68 Olympics.
Time Periods: 20th Century, People’s Movement: 1961 - 1974
Themes: Organizing, Sports
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Americans Who Tell the Truth

Website. Portraits by Robert Shetterly and biographies of individuals who have taken a stand for justice.
Time Periods: All US History
Themes: African American, Art & Music, Asian American, Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Disability, Environment & Food, Immigration, Imperialism, Labor, Latino, LGBT, Native American, Organizing, Racism & Racial Identity, Slavery, Social Class, Sports, Women's History
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