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Turning of the Tide: How One Game Changed the South Hardcover – September 1, 2006
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To paraphrase someone in the book, Sam "Bam" Cunningham did more in one football game to accelerate integration in Alabama and the South than the late Rev. King, Jr. did in 25 years.
Hyperbole perhaps but a point worth making.
The only down side to the book is that it isn't really a book.
The author repeated and re-repeated incidents, one surmises, to make it book-length.
That aside, it's a wonderful read.
When USC dominated the Tide 42-21, all of Alabama realized it was time to get some black players. The person who helped influence this choice was Sam Cunningham. A running back for USC, who ran for more than 100 yards in the game, and was African-American.
Once Alabama was integrated, they had great records in their later years, winning many national championships. This truly showed that the color of a person's skin was not a measure of talent. If a school really wanted to win, they would do whatever was neccessary. Having talented players on your team, black or white, was a great way to do this. Once the South took action and integrated, other schools in the area followed.
This made an impact on football teams everywhere, but it more greatly influenced the world as it is today. It showed all colors could act as equals, even when outsiders conceived blacks as inferior. I guess you could say Sam Cunningham could be grouped with other leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks because they all helped to create racial equality.
Football, as well as any sport, brings people together, no matter their skin color. This book was a story about how totally different people could come together and play as team. It showed the true beginning of integration in football. I really enjoyed this book and I hope you get a chance to read it.
It's sad that it took super deep into the 20th Century for Alabama and many other Dixie state college football teams to integrate their football teams.
It took a Black-laden USC running back corps (which helped lead the Trojans to a 42-21 whipping of Alabama in that 1970 game) to help force the Dixie states college football teams to say, "You know what? Having some Blacks on our team aint so bad."
That statement may sound funny, but to ambitious and talented Black football players in the early to mid 20th Century, there was NOTHING funny about that statement.
It clarifies any conflicts and inconsistancies that came up in Blind Side vs the Tuohy's book/story.
Michaels book (by him and Yeager)s a MUST READ, IMHO, and should be a textbook for all teens and kids of any background. Truly inspiring!
It was important that it was Sam Cunningham who made it happen.
He is a leader who understands what is important. He and the others help make life better for all of us.
I will share this book with my grandsons so they can understand that it is important to bring others with you on your advantures to success.
The book covered an amazing amount of stories about how sports and athletes can make a difference. Great reading.
I have heard many myths about the game and they were interesting but now an important story has been told by some of those who lives it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. This event is so full of myths and legends that it's hard to believe how much is truth and now much is simply a story that has been passed along. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Brad Taylor
A must read if you are a USC fan, but all sports fans will enjoy...and students of the civil rights movement.Published on February 21, 2014 by Randy6052
A MUST READ for all BAMA and USC Trojans fans. Tells the story of what it took to bring the premier team in the SEC into the 20th Centrury!Published on January 27, 2014 by PiperV
A great look into the south during the 70s. SC boys of new probably don't know how good they have it. It documents another 'good' for the world from students at USC.Published on December 7, 2012 by SS
Great story of how 2 great programs influenced College football and Society to move forward! A must read to have an appreciation of how far the game has come and still has to go.Published on October 26, 2012 by Over the Top 39
The 1966 NCAA basketball tournament final has sometimes been called the Brown vs. Board of Education of the game. Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by WDX2BB
A must for Bama fans or fans of Southern Fried Football. I'm a Bama alum and learned so very much that I didn't know by reading this book.Published on March 4, 2010 by Scott Fulmer