Academic journal article American Studies

MOMENTS OF IMPACT: Injury, Racialized Memory, and Reconciliation in College Football

Academic journal article American Studies

MOMENTS OF IMPACT: Injury, Racialized Memory, and Reconciliation in College Football

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MOMENTS OF IMPACT: Injury, Racialized Memory, and Reconciliation in College Football. By Jaime Schultz. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. 2016.

Professor Jaime Schultz has produced a wonderful piece of scholarship that weaves together history, sociology, and sports as seen through the complicated politics of racialized memory. The book focuses on three college football athletes, whose memories haunt us today. These athletes-Jack Trice, Ozzie Simmons, and Johnny Bright-are all significant threads in the tapestry of United States college football and, as Schultz argues, race in college football and beyond. Schultz is an adept historian who weaves a compelling narrative that is easy to read as well as interesting and thought-provoking.

Many things were enjoyable about the book, which makes it great reading for the office or during halftime. The pictures included are helpful but it would have been great to see more. Racialized memory is so impacted by visuality that presentation of more images would be beneficial for readers. The introduction and afterword are rewarding in that both help contextualize the case studies. Readers are presented with numerous end notes and a list of published materials. While Schultz lists her archival sources and provides ample notes, the book could stand to be fifty pages longer and include additional discussion about her archival sources, as well as an expanded significance statement. Why focus on these particular athletes (who are each unique, of course) but not Willie Thrower or George Taliaferro? The book leaves unanswered a significance question that could have been better addressed with additional pages in the introduction.

Each of her three substantive chapters focuses on one player and the different mnemonic cartographies associated with them. The chapters could be read alone and would be valuable assignments for undergraduate and graduate courses on sports history, race and sports, and the sociology of sports. Furthermore, each chapter could be compared with the theoretical work of scholars like Bradford Vivian, Greg Dickinson, and Brian Ott to produce rich interactions between memory, forgetting, notions of the public, and specific discursive events. …

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