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Fearless : A. Bartlett Giamatti and the battle for fairness in America / Neil Thomas Proto.

Author/Creator:
Proto, Neil Thomas, author.
Publication:
Albany : Excelsior Editions, an imprint of State University of New York Press, 2020.
Series:
SUNY series in Italian/American culture
SUNY series in Italian/American culture
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 451 pages : illustrations, 24 cm.
Subjects:
Giamatti, A. Bartlett.
Yale University -- Presidents -- Biography.
Baseball commissioners -- United States -- Biography.
Italian Americans -- Biography.
Yale University.
Italian Americans.
Presidents.
United States.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
Summary:
"This book is a biography of A. Bartlett Giamatti, Yale University's first non-Anglo-Saxon Protestant president, and Major League Baseball commissioner. It is a story about persistence against forces ugly, embedded, and more pernicious than simply racial and ethnic discrimination, and about the principled embrace of civic duty passed on generationally and used fully as the ethical sword and shield necessary to challenge them. Eugenics, as practiced in America and especially at Yale, locked ethnicity, class, and racial character, those deemed "unfit," into place. Those beliefs spawned a practical mentality that endured. A. Bartlett Giamatti-scholar, Yale University President, and Major League Baseball commissioner-can be understood only in the context of his family, a history he knew, and Yale University, located in New Haven, Connecticut where his relatives lived and he was educated and had taught. In 1977, at age 39, Giamatti was named president and was viewed immediately as a radical threat to Yale's embedded eugenics-driven, Anglo-Saxon mentality. Historian Sean Wilnetz wrote that "Bart Giamatti was a phenomenon who lived the lives of several men even though his own ended tragically early" at 51. Giamatti confirmed his underlying imperative through to the end of his life: "Rest," he wrote, "will come by never resting.""-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
From England to America
New England
From Southern Italy to America
The choice
The new haven they entered
The darkest aura and its reach
Forming the intellectual life
The Yale he entered
Fascism and race at Yale
Romance of the heart and the liberal mind
Melding the past into the future
Finding home
Witness in war
Family life in South Hadley
Maturity from experience
The duty of citizenship : Mount Holyoke as prism
The connections form
The fateful visit
The city
An education
Yale
The loss of civic duty
Understanding Yale
Learning Griswold and Brewster
Neither Griswold nor Brewster
The purposeful man
Refinement, expansion, and perspective
Fate
Fearless
Epilogue : Yale
in epic battle.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 413-432) and index.
Other format:
Online version: Proto, Neil Thomas, Fearless
ISBN:
9781438479637
1438479638
9781438479644
OCLC:
1126350033
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