Around the world: problematizing the Harlem Globetrotters as cold war warriors

  title={Around the world: problematizing the Harlem Globetrotters as cold war warriors},
  author={Damion L. Thomas},
  journal={Sport in Society},
  pages={778 - 791}
During the early 1950s, Abe Saperstein, the Jewish owner of the all African-American Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, joined with the US State Department to promote improved perceptions of American domestic race relations abroad. The symbolic politics associated with the Globetrotters' worldwide tours were designed to give legitimacy to existing racial inequalities in American society by stressing ‘progress’ during the early cold war era, despite the social, political and legal barriers… 
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