For Gold And Glory: Charlie Wiggins And The African-american Racing Car Circuit

Paperback | August 8, 2007

byTodd Gould

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The companion book to the PBS television special of the same name, For Gold and Glory retraces the little-known history of the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes. This highly celebrated auto-racing event for African Americans was held in Indiana and throughout the Midwest during the racial turbulence of the 1920s and 1930s, when the Ku Klux Klan cast a shadow over the social and political landscape of the state and region. The story is told through the eyes and emotions of Indianapolis auto mechanic Charlie Wiggins. The greatest African American driver of the era, Wiggins was known as the ""Negro Speed King.""

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The companion book to the PBS television special of the same name, For Gold and Glory retraces the little-known history of the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes. This highly celebrated auto-racing event for African Americans was held in Indiana and throughout the Midwest during the racial turbulence of the 1920s and 1930s, when the Ku Klux Kl...

Todd Gould is the ten-time Emmy Award-winning writer and television producer of For Gold and Glory, the PBS television special on which this book is based. Gould is author of Pioneers of the Hardwood (IUP, 1998). He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.61 inPublished:August 8, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253219620

ISBN - 13:9780253219626

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Racing for "Gold and Glory"
The Adventurer
The Dawn of a New Opportunity
100% American
The Negro Speed King
Charlie's Gang
"A Darn Good Move on Us"
A Bad Premonition
Epilogue: These Men of Grease and Grit
Appendix: Gold and Glory Sweepstakes Winners
Notes
Index

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"This book offers much more than its title suggests. Gould describes how African American racing came to life in the 1920s and 1930s-'gold and glory' refers to the Gold and Glory Sweepstakes, a celebrated race for black drivers-but vanished before WW II.... The absolute segregation of early Triple A racing and the Indianapolis racing circuit is now difficult to imagine, but even today one finds few African American drivers in Indy cars or in formula racing. This makes Gould's excellent treatment of times long forgotten-or more likely never known-not only an excellent resource but also an excellent reminder of the times and the travails of the black community.... Recommended. All readers, all levels." -Choice