Review by Choice Review
Schultz (kinesiology, Pennsylvania State Univ.) explores her concept of "racialized memory" while tracing the histories of Jack Trice, Ozzie Simmons, and Johnny Bright. All three were African American football players at Iowa universities in the first half of the 20th century who suffered serious injuries from brutal hits during games, hits that may have been racially motivated. Shultz tells not simply the tales of these men; she examines how commemoration and memory of the incidents is complex and infused with race. For example, Iowa State University (where Trice played) had a protracted debate about renaming the stadium after Trice (1902-23), whose injuries resulted in his immediate death. In 1997, 74 years after his death and 26 years after students began agitating for renaming, the stadium was renamed Jack Trice Stadium. Schultz carefully traces the broader context in which the debate occurred. Although versions of the primary chapters have been previously published, Schultz masterfully links the stories as she considers the memorialization of each man. She considers the political choices of the institutions appropriating the memories of the men and the racial implications of those conversations. Well written and well researched, this important and readable book offers much to ponder. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. --Sarah K. Fields, University of Colorado-Denver
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