Breaking the Line
The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights
By Samuel G. Freedman
(Simon & Schuster, Hardcover, 9781439189771, 336pp.)
Publication Date: August 13, 2013
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Samuel G. Freedman is a columnist for The New York Times and a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He is the author of six acclaimed books, four of which have been New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Freedman also has written frequently for USA TODAY, New York magazine, Rolling Stone, The Jerusalem Post, Tablet, The Forward, and Salon.com. He lives in Manhattan with his fiance and his children.
‚eoeA powerful narrative of two men, two teams and the stirring battle for dignity and honor during a single tumultuous season in the 1960's South. Freedman masterfully brings to life the burning ambitions, the cleats on scrubgrass and the struggle for victory by these coaches and players not only as black athletes, but as men and as Americans. A riveting story not only of a season but of a country at the crossroads.‚e
-Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns
‚eoeWhen history writes people out, it is our job to write them back in. Samuel G.† Freedman has done a marvelous job of that in Breaking the Line, his illuminating account of football and race in the South.‚e
-David Maraniss, author of When Pride Still Mattered and Clemente
‚eoeSamuel Freedman is one of our most gifted chroniclers of history recent and present. Breaking the Line is as particular in the humanity it portrays as it is important for the conflict it illuminates: an Iliad of college football and social justice.‚e
-Diane McWhorter, author of Carry Me Home
‚eoeBreaking the Line graphically captures the grim terror of Jim Crow worlds in the South that defined the lives of Jake Gaither and Eddie Robinson during their coaching careers at Florida A&M and Grambling.†With his beautiful prose style, Sam Freedman frames black history and the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of football. Breaking the Line reads like a novel and offers the reader a deep understanding of how football and black history intersect.‚e
-William Ferris, author of Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues