The number of African American baseball players in the major leagues has plummeted by two thirds since its peak in 1975. And while it’s increasingly difficult to find black players on the field, the opposite holds true for Latinos. They are playing the game in record numbers and represent a full quarter of big-league rosters. Sports historian Rob Ruck examines why blacks, who led the fight to integrate baseball, have now largely left the game. His book is titled Raceball: How the Major Leagues colonized the Black and Latin Game.
Next, Bob talks to renowned historian Simon Schama about his book Rough Crossing: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution. Schama asks this provocative question: If you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, whom would you want to win?
Then, Bob talks with writer M. T. Anderson about his book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation. This novel follows the story of a young Revolutionary-era slave, living in Boston, who discovers that his life isn’t all that it seems. [Broadcast Date: February 27, 2012]
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