April 7, 2021

Episode 68: How Texas Changed the Culture of Athletics with Frank Guridy

This week on The End of Sport, Johanna and Derek are joined by Dr. Frank Guridy to talk about his hot-off-the-press book The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of Athletics, the place of Texas in the reconfiguration of American athletics, and the role of athlete activists in such reformations. The first half of the episode goes through some of the key takeaways from the book and tells a story of how Texas and its specific political economy was foundational in changing athletic culture. We then dive into a discussion of how we can take these stories from The Sports Revolution to help us better understand our contemporary moment, athlete activism in sport, and the overarching racial dynamics inherent to the structure of American sport. 

Frank Guridy is an Associate Professor of History at Columbia University whose work focuses on sport history, urban history, and the history of the African diaspora in the Americas. He is not only an award-winning historian, but also has won two awards for his pedagogy which is impressive. His first book, Forging Diaspora: Afro-Cubans and African Americans in a World of Empire and Jim Crow, won prestigious prizes from both the Association of Caribbean Historians and the American Historical Associations. He is joining us today to talk about his new book, titled The Sports Revolution: How Texas Changed the Culture of Athletics which just came out and comes *highly* recommended. 

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For a transcription of this episode, please click here. (Updated semi-regularly Credit @punkademic)

Research Assistance for The End of Sport provided by Abigail Bomba.

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