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  • Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution | Neil Lanctot

    Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Neil Lanctot
    • Narrated By Todd Barsness

    The story of black professional baseball provides a remarkable perspective on several major themes in modern African American history: the initial black response to segregation, the subsequent struggle to establish successful separate enterprises, and the later movement toward integration. Baseball functioned as a critical component in the separate economy catering to black consumers in the urban centers of the North and South. While most black businesses struggled to survive from year to year, professional baseball teams and leagues operated for decades, representing a major achievement in black enterprise and institution building.

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