This paper seeks to evaluate the historical discourse surrounding the narrative of Jackie Robinson. Famed for being the first African American player to break the long withstanding color barrier in professional sports, a vast majority of discussion surrounding his story has centered solely on his athletic prowess and triumphs. However, as this paper will explore, Jackie Robinson’s contributions to the wider framework of racial equality and civil rights within America extend far beyond the baseball diamond. Evaluating both his laurels as an activist and socio-political figure as well as how these merits have been depicted, or neglected, in media representations of his life, this paper identifies the very important, yet often overlooked, aspects of Robinson’s life and accomplishments beyond baseball.
Cantrell, Amy Elizabeth
"“A Freedom Rider Before Freedom Rides:” Jackie Robinson Beyond Baseball,"
Gettysburg College Headquarters: Vol. 2, Article 3.
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