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Achieving a Runner’s High: African American Long Distance Running in the 20th Century

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The paper examines African American long distance running in relation to segregation and racial dynamics in 20th century United States cultural and social history. The main purpose of the research is to answer the following question: while African American short distance and African long distance runners are common, why are African American long distance runners scarce? No research has been conducted specifically on African American professional long distance running, and this innovative research involves critical analysis of interviews with Theodore Corbitt, the first African American Olympic marathoner in the 1950s, as an oral history project in order to observe racism in track and field during this particular historical period. The interview will be used as a “testimonio” that provides an effective and unique way to preserve a version of African American history in the 20th century and also as a means to examine how sports helped or hindered the construction of African American identity in the prevailing notion of sports as a tool of successful integration or “Americanization.”
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Name: 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies
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Morikawa, Suzuko. "Achieving a Runner’s High: African American Long Distance Running in the 20th Century" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA, Mar 19, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p302510_index.html>

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Morikawa, S. , 2009-03-19 "Achieving a Runner’s High: African American Long Distance Running in the 20th Century" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 33rd Annual National Council for Black Studies, Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, Atlanta, GA <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p302510_index.html

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Abstract: The paper examines African American long distance running in relation to segregation and racial dynamics in 20th century United States cultural and social history. The main purpose of the research is to answer the following question: while African American short distance and African long distance runners are common, why are African American long distance runners scarce? No research has been conducted specifically on African American professional long distance running, and this innovative research involves critical analysis of interviews with Theodore Corbitt, the first African American Olympic marathoner in the 1950s, as an oral history project in order to observe racism in track and field during this particular historical period. The interview will be used as a “testimonio” that provides an effective and unique way to preserve a version of African American history in the 20th century and also as a means to examine how sports helped or hindered the construction of African American identity in the prevailing notion of sports as a tool of successful integration or “Americanization.”


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